BBI Report: Ruto Speaks After Uhuru, Raila Naivasha Meeting

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For the better part of Monday, President Uhuru Kenyatta together with ODM Party Leader Raila Odinga engaged a section of MPs in Naivasha over the contentious issues raised in the BBI.

While many expected that the group will discuss the contentious issues raised by a section of leaders led by DP Ruto, ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi, Uhuru and Raila Odinga’s allies seemed to have lead calls for the passage of the document without further changes or amendments.

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This seemed to have irked the Deputy President William Ruto, who immediately after the press conference led by minority leader James Orengo in Naivasha, came out to express his opinion on the meeting.

Taking to his Twitter page, the DP insisted on the need for all the leaders to find mechanisms to bring people together without secreting them based on their divergent views on the report.

The second in command said it was possible for all the leaders to come to a mutual agreement on the contentious issues without dividing the country along those who oppose and those who support the initiative

Ruto added that Kenya cannot be united through divisive tactics.

“We should find a mechanism to bring together all divergent views on the Building Bridges Initiative report. It is possible for us to agree on the contentious issues therein so that we can move the country forward. We cannot unite Kenya through divisive tactics,” said Ruto, who was conspicuously missing from the Naivasha retreat.

The DP was instead busy at his Karen home meeting a delegation of Kamba professionals from Lower Eastern comprising Makueni, Machakos and Kitui Counties, Karen, Nairobi County.

Ruto’s concerns come at a time leaders allied to his Taga-tanga camp were locked out of the Naivasha meeting. According to those who attended the meeting, there was no room for more amendments to the report since the time was over.

Led by MP John Mbadi, the legislators said they were concentrating on collecting the required signatures that will pave way for the discussions in both the senate and parliament before going for a referendum.

Already, Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen has lashed out at Uhuru of using the report to allegedly divide the country into two.

Via Twitter on Monday, the senator said Uhuru should embrace the spirit of dialogue and consensus-building.

“I want to ask President Kenyatta to stop dividing the country. The President should be a statesman and learn to build bridges of unity. The bravado and utado attitude is not a mark of eminence,” Murkomen said.

He was reacting to a State House Tweet stating that Uhuru was in Naivasha to meet the selected leaders drawn from both the Senate and Parliament.

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