As the debate over the recent released final report of the controversial Building Bridges Initiative intensifies,various leaders have come out to give their take over the document.And just like other leaders,Chuka University vice chancellor Professor Erastus Njoka has come out publicly to support the document
Addressing members of press at Tharaka University College,Njoka said that he had read the document severally and its contents were wonderful and meant goodwill of the common man.He said he was one of the delegates who had received the initial document at Bomas of Kenya before it was returned to the steering committee for amendment and therefore it was not a new document to him.
Njoka who is eyeing the gubernatorial seat in Tharaka Nithi county said that no way as a county they will benefit from the government of the day if at all they be against the document that the head of state want supported.
“When we oppose the BBI that the president says it is for the good will of all the Kenyans,then it means we are against him and we may end up failing to get tangible development programs like other counties,” Njoka said
The VC said it was as a result of good relationship fostered between him and the president that an institution like Tharaka University college has come to existence and therefore if all leaders could make a good relation with the head of state,then as a county they would be in a position to lobby for more big projects.
He said he was aggrieved by the way the county government is being run and said that the county leadership is not at all interested with wows facing the common man.Giving an example with Embu county which is similar to Tharaka Nithi,Njoka noted that with only 2 permanent rivers the Wambora led county is far ahead and advanced in terms of irrigation while Tharaka Nithi with 12 permanent rivers could not feed itself especially the semi-arid Tharaka.
Njoka therefore vowed to personally make efforts to ensure that the president visits Tharaka Nithi county if at all the elected leaders will not unite and request for the presidential visit.
As the debate over the BBI heats up,the common man waits to see the direction the situation will take as majority of constituents are yet to set eyes on the document but are hearing of it through their leaders.