Ruto Snubs BBI Handover Event as Uhuru, Raila Receive Report

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President Uhuru Kenyatta and Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga received the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) final report at newly built Kisii State Lodge on Wednesday, October 21.

Deputy President William Ruto skipped the event despite being in Kisii County yesterday during the Mashujaa day celebrations at Gusii Stadium.

Speaking after receiving the report, President Uhuru stated that the final report will be officially launched and a breakdown of the proposal will be conducted on Monday, October 26, at Bomas of Kenya.

Uhuru further urged Kenyans to read the proposals which will be made public cautioning leaders against using the document to divide Kenyans.

“This is one moment to rectify issues that have affected us. This is a document I rally Kenyans to read with a view of making it better not looking at the things we disagree about. We must build consensus.

“Today we receive this report. On Monday we will be taken through the report by the technical team at Bomas. We want Kenyans to absorb it. It must be circulated widely before Monday. We want this to be a national dialogue.”

“This is not a time to create division, this is a time for every one of us to show leadership and bring our country together,” the president stated.

On his part, Odinga stated that he and the president had chosen to receive the report in Kisii since the county hosted the first consultative meeting in January 2020.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga as they received the BBI report at the Kisii State Lodge on October 21. 2020. Photo/Courtesy

The recommendations proposed in the document touch on devolution, representation, health as well as the economy.

Odinga hinted that the next step will be the collection of signatures from Kenyans to present to the IEBC.

The document will be drafted into a bill to be presented to county assemblies for approval.

“We decided that we should take steps towards solving these problems not just for ourselves but with interests of this generation and the next. We asked ourselves why we have a new constitution…that time it was 8 years old…yet there are still problems… so there must be other issues that are making us not enjoy what the founding fathers of our nation wanted. Somehow we don’t have plenty within our borders 56 years after we got independence,” Raila said.

According to him, Kenyans are ‘angry because they are hungry’ which is why he and President Kenyatta identified 9 issues plaguing the country and tasked the BBI team with the responsibility of trying to find solutions.

He reiterated that the task force came up with the report after traversing the country and talking to Kenyans after which it was decided that the team be reappointed to validate the document.

As the BBI report was being handed over to the handshake partners, Ruto attended the funeral service of the late Peter Kiiru Chomba (MCA Huruma Ward) at Huruma Grounds, Turbo Constituency in Uasin Gishu County.

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