Ruto Hits Back at Raila After Making Major BBI Announcement

Deputy President William Ruto on Friday, November 13 hit back at ODM leader Raila Odinga for ruling out the possibility of amending the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report.

Speaking during the burial of Naivasha MP Jayne Kihara’s mother in Nyeri County, DP Ruto accused the ODM boss of driving the country towards a divisive referendum for his own selfish political interests.

“They are not interested in the unity of a country; they are not even interested in the constitutional process. They are only interested in a political scheme to divide the country for purposes of 2022.”

Deputy President William Ruto during the burial of Naivasha MP Jayne Kihara’s mother in Nyeri County on Friday, November 13. Photo/Courtesy

“I hear people say we have had more than two years and there is no more time for views. But I ask, how did we end up with a document that has so many gaps after a whole two years that so many people have issues with it?” Ruto said in reference to Raila and pro-BBI politicians.

The Deputy President questioned how the country ended up with a document that is opposed by almost every category of people in the country.

“The church has issues with it, parliament has issues with it, pastoralists have issues with it. Women have serious issues with it, PWDs have issues with it, how did we end up with such a document? That is the question that needs to be asked,” he said.

Deputy President William Ruto during the burial of Naivasha MP Jayne Kihara’s mother in Nyeri County on Friday, November 13. Photo/Courtesy

Ruto further accused Raila of being the stumbling block in the call for consensus building to come up with a document acceptable by all Kenyans.

“He (President Kenyatta) is a leader who listens and respects views from other leaders and most importantly he has respect for the church,” Ruto added.

Ruto’s statement comes moments after the former Prime Minister announced that the collection of one million signatures in preparation for the upcoming referendum will kick off next week.

“We will be launching the collection exercise sometimes next week. We want that exercise to be done as soon as possible so that the matter can be handed over to IEBC,” Raila said.

Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro (right) and Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen (left) during the burial of Naivasha MP Jayne Kihara’s mother in Nyeri County on Friday, November 13. Photo/Courtesy

Addressing the media at his Capitol Hill offices after meeting coastal leaders, Raila dismissed calls to amend the report saying that the time for giving views was up, and the process has to move forward.

He maintained that the report will only be subjected to editing saying that no new ideas in the report.

“We’re not going to bring in substantive new issues, these are basically editorial issues which are being captured. There are certain issues which probably had been mentioned but were not captured, they’re being added,” he said

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