Confusion has rocked Deputy President William Ruto’s tanga tanga brigade after some proposals it had opposed were dropped in the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Bill, sending Ruto’s camp scrambling to clothe the resistance in the new narratives.
While Ruto’s allies have been openly vocal about the BBI, of late, some of the local leaders spoken to were unusually reluctant to discuss their next move while those who spoke appeared to send mixed signals.
At the same time there those who still maintain their opposition, albeit bringing in regional issues.
The lack of a clear direct line to attack the Bill suggests that the team had not yet fashioned a common response to the latest developments.
William Ruto has expressed his reservation on some proposals in the BBI report including having parliamentary political parties in the appointment of the electoral commissioners, increasing the executive, establishment of the National Police Council consisting of the appointees of the president, and creation of the Office of the Judiciary Ombudsman, an appointee of the President.
The Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill, 2020 addressed some of Ruto’s reservations for example a proposal to have parliamentary parties have a role in the appointment of electoral commissioners was dropped same as that of creating a police council.
Even with such changes, DP Ruto has still maintained the need of having a consensus. His camp however been left in a state of confusion if the silence by some of his key allies on their next action is anything to go by.
When reached out by a local daily some of Ruto’s key lieutenants including Soy MP Caleb Kositany, Kimani Inchun’wah (Kikuyu), and Ndindi Nyoro (Kiharu) among others maintained an unfamiliar silence when reached to talk about their next cause of action on the Bill.
On Wednesday, Jubilee Nominated Senator Milicent Omanga, an ally to Ruto, expressed her support for the BBI Bill noting that the contentious issues being addressed. She however denied sending the tweet.
“I’ve reported the illegal impersonation and mischievous intrusion of my Twitter account to the authorities and I demand immediate action. I’ve my views on BBI which I’ll share with Kenyans as I’ve always done. Kindly disregard the previous tweet as it wasn’t made by me,” Senator Omanga wrote.
Even as confusion reigned in the DP’s camp, others are still rooting for a consensus while others vowed to totally oppose the initiative.
Muthama maintained that they cannot accept to be dictated to “on views that did not come from Kenyans like the expansion of the executive and electoral units.”
“It was important to ask Kenyans how they want to go, whether for additional counties or constituencies,” Muthama said as reported by Daily Nation.
MPs Mathias Robi (Kuria West) and Didmus Barasa (Kimilili) vowed to campaign against the referendum drive.
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“In Kuria, we had wanted an additional county to end our marginalization in Migori, but unfortunately, we have not even got a constituency and now we are automatically in the ‘No’ camp,” MP Robi said.
MP Barasa said most of the issues which are going to be subjected to a referendum can be dealt with through legislation.
“The report does not provide solutions to delayed justice for the people of Kenya. Kenyans will never fight if there is equitable distribution of resources and revenue irrespective of who is in power,” Barasa said.