– Ruto warned Kenyans will not accept amendment of the constitution through boardroom and hotel meetings
– The DP advised leaders pushing for the Building Bridges Initiative to learn from Ekuru Auko’s Punguza Mizigo Bill
– The BBI was hatched by Uhuru and Raila following the March 2018 handshake post the chaotic and divisive 2017 polls
– The two political heavyweights believed the BBI will address many of the challenges that have been bedeviling Kenya
Deputy President William Ruto has poured cold water on the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) being advocated for by his boss President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM party leader Raila Odinga.
The DP who has not been enthusiastic about proposals to amend the constitution warned the ongoing push for a new referendum will backfire just like that of Thirdway Alliance party which was also seeking to change the constitution through a related bill dubbed Punguza Mizigo.
Addressing the residents of Sabatia constituency in Vihiga county on Sunday, September 29, Ruto advised politicians planning to amend the constitution without consulting Kenyans to learn something from Ekuru Aukot’s bill which was rejected in several counties.
“These people planning to change the constitution should realise that Kenyans are awake and I will make sure that their voice is heard. We cannot purport to change the constitutions in boardrooms or hotels. No shortcuts, no roundabouts, no corners, no mpango wa kando,” the DP said.
Ruto claimed the proposed constitutional change was being advanced by political leaders who lost in elections and are now trying to create new positions in government so they can be accommodate.
“It cannot be that after every election we want to change the constitution to favour those who did not win. We cannot be just talking about leaders alone year in year out. We need to focus on how to upgrade the lives of akina Wanjiku and Nafula (ordinary Kenyans),” he said in veiled attack on Raila.
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