According to the PS, Mt Kenya has been getting the short end of the stick in resource allocation and representation in Parliament.
He said while some counties manage to pay fees for students in high school and colleges and even send others abroad, most students in Mt Kenya get about Sh2,000 bursary every year.
Kibicho said during President Uhuru Kenyatta’s meeting with Mt Kenya MCAs on January 29 in Sagana, he asked if any MCA gave more than Sh2,000 school bursary per student.
“None raised their hands. He told them in some parts of Kenya some people get Sh100,000. Some counties take their children abroad but in Mt Kenya you can’t even educate one in a village school.”
“When you look at Tom Mboya he used to take people from Nyanza and take them to US that’s why there are many professors there. But look at what our people are being promised,” Kibicho said referring to the wheelbarrow movement led by Deputy President William Ruto.
He said the movement was about scattering the voice of Mt Kenya.
“The singer [Joseph] Kamaru said we should not be scattered like droppings of monkeys. If we are scattered, we won’t speak in one voice at the negotiation table, we will always speak in divided voices.”
Kibicho explained the region is poorly represented in Parliament, despite its huge population.
The BBI Bill gives Mt Kenya region 12 additional constituencies, making it one of the biggest beneficiaries.
Nakuru county, also largely dominated by Kikuyu speakers, gets additional five constituencies.
The proposed amendments if endorsed in a referendum will see at least 35 per cent of national revenue sent to the counties up from the current 15 per cent.
“What’s wrong when Kiambu you’re getting six extra seats that will bring an extra Sh1 billion? What’s wrong if shareable revenue increases? What’s wrong if tea, coffee are protected?” he told hosts Njoki and Kajim in the morning interview.
Kibicho also defended the expanded Executive, saying it was important to end the winner-take-all elections.
“Except 2002, all other elections had conflicts. What’s the reason? Kenyans believe if your person is not in government you won’t get help. That’s not true but they believe so. BBI wants to expand the Executive so that all Kenyans feel included and so that the presidency is not a matter of do or die,” he said.
If the Bill is passed, the Executive will be expanded to have the President, Deputy President, Prime Minister and two deputy prime ministers.
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