Of all the anti-BBI votes, Deputy President William Ruto could not think he would lose on the floor of Parliament, was that of Kajiado South MP Juda Katoo Ole Metito and his Kajiado West counterpart George Sunkuyia.
The two MPs are avowed soldiers of Mr Ruto with Katoo being propped by the DP to run against Governor Joseph Ole Lenku in 2022.
Mr Katoo had severally campaigned against BBI and has never attended any of the county leaders’ meetings convened by Lenku, the coordinator of BBI in the Maa Nation.
As usual, Sunkuyia has been a flip flopper, always casting his opinion where the money is, leaving him one of Ruto’s key marketers, courtesy of the Karen residence now dwindling gravy train.
The two, together with Kajiado East MP Peris Tobiko, another Lenku rival, have always given a cold shoulder to BBI, leaving Lenku to push the BBI agenda across the county without them.
In Lenku’s BBI train has been Kajiado North MP Joseph Manje, Kajiado Central legislator Memusi Kanchory, Speaker Johnson Osoi and 28 out of 41 MCAs.
Keen to prove BBI had goodies for the Maa Nation and Kajiado as a County, Lenku engaged his political network at the grassroots where his lieutenants including himself, sold BBI at every County function he attended.
The anti- BBI forces were left without platforms to fight Lenku and to an extension, President Kenyatta and ODM Leader Raila Odinga, the principal promoters of the law review.
After months of ward-based promotion of the BBI agenda, the ground became so ripe for the law reforms, a stance that was boosted by the proposal to have three more constituencies in Kajiado.
The grassroots became hostile to Mr Metito and Mr Sunkuyia with the pressure mounting forcing them to choose to keep quiet rather than face the rebellion of a ground that was convinced the BBI was bringing something on the table for Kajiado.
On the other hand, Lenku in his many public functions, be-labored the point that the BBI critics had drifted from the Centre of Government and the President.
He also successfully projected the BBI fighters as anti-development, and short of a vision of a united Country and County.
It is this momentous pressure on the ground in favor of Lenku and the BBI narrative that forced Mr Metito and Mr Sunkuiya and Ms Tobiko to cave in and abandon their preferred presidential candidate William Ruto when he needed them most; AND chose their personal political standing in the face of Kajiado people and VOTED YES.
Earlier, the same BBI pressure and Lenku’s ruthless lobbying for it among MCAs had made Kajiado one of the first County Assemblies to pass the BBI.