William Ruto Under Fire From Rift Valley Leaders For His BBI Stand

Deputy President William Ruto has come under heavy criticism from a section of leaders from Rift Valley have criticised Deputy President William Ruto for allegedly seeking to scuttle the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).

Led by Kanu chairman Gideon Moi and Chama cha Mashinani (CCM) party leader Isaac Ruto, the leaders say the move was akin to “gross insubordination”.

Gideon Moi pictured with Kajiado Governor Joseph Ole Lenku. Image/Courtesy

They said the capping of resources to counties at 35 per cent was particularly good for devolution and would ensure development is felt at the grassroots.

Yesterday in a meeting attended by Baringo Woman rep Gladys Tungo, ODM nominated MP and Knut secretary-general Wilson Sossion, Tiaty MP William Kamket and Kanu secretary-general Nick Salat, the leaders asked citizens to rally behind the proposed constitutional changes.

“Kenyans have to take the gains under the BBI process, the other outstanding issues will be dealt with after that,” said Mr Moi during a meeting with opinion leaders at Fair Hills Hotel in Bomet town. 

“Those opposed to the new constitutional process do not have the interests of Kenyans at heart. The proposed changes are good for the country and would enhance the fabric holding the Kenyan society together,” said Mr Moi.

Mr Ruto said leaders should be careful not to polarise the country in what could cause chaos and bloodshed reminiscent of the 2008 post-poll violence.

“No one wins when there is chaos in any society and by the time temperatures cool down, the socio-economic fabric holding the society together would have suffered a lot,” said Mr Ruto.

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Isaac Rutto leads BBI signature launch in South Rift. Image/Courtesy

Mr Salat and Mr Sossion said creation of additional constituencies would devolve resources and representation closer to the people.

“We are challenging Dr Ruto to bolt out of the Jubilee government and lead the ‘No’ team in the constitutional review process instead of sabotaging the President,” said Mr Salat.


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