ODM party Secretary-General Edwin Sifuna has rubbished Deputy President William Ruto’s remarks made on Monday at the Bomas of Kenya, saying the time of reviewing BBI report was over.
Speaking on Tuesday, Sifuna, who was in the company of a lobby group from Western Kenya under the Magharibi Youth Movement, advised President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga not to entertain those calling for a review of the BBI report and instead lead the country to a referendum.
While observing that Ruto and others had enough time to air their views during the past two years, Sifuna said the time was over and that the country should be bracing for a referendum instead of amendments.
“Kenyans know that this BBI report has been there for two years now. There has been time for every citizen and Kenyan leaders to express their views on what they wanted to be included in the report,” he stated.
“The first chance came when the BBI committee was going round the country garnering views of Kenyans. The report was presented at the Bomas of Kenya in 2019 and those in attendance including the DP had opportunities to air their views but they never took the opportunity.
The window to give views is closed. The Constitutional amendment Bill is sealed, we are not going to open discussion on an issue that has taken two years,” added Sifuna.
At the same time, the SG advised Ruto to learn to listen to the youths, saying his decision to attack Trans Nzoia Youth Leader Alex Matere clearly showed that the second in command has never listened to the voice of the youths.
“We were shocked by Deputy President William Ruto’s remarks during yesterday’s BBI launch at the Bomas of Kenya. It is now evident that the DP has never learned to listen to the voice of the youths. Our brother Alex Matere spoke on behalf of all youths,” stated Sifuna
Sifuna opined that Ruto should have instead look out for Matere and listen to his opinion instead of publicly attacking him on the podium.
He blamed Ruto saying he is used to offering his own solutions to the youths without first getting to hear the voice of the youths in the country.
“We want leaders who will listen to the youths who have refused to be swindled by wheelbarrow donations. Ruto should advocate for the over 1 million jobs promised by the Jubilee government every year to our youths,” he added.
Sifuna was in the company of MPs Caleb Amisi (Saboti) and Godfrey Osotsi (nominated).