Kenya: DP Ruto Tells Off Odinga for Spearheading Personal Interests in BBI

Deputy President William Ruto (right) and ODM leader Raila Odinga during a past event (file photo).
9 September 2019

Nairobi — Deputy President William Ruto has hit out at ODM leader Raila Odinga saying he has vested interests in the calls for referendum by the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) task force.

Speaking on Sunday during a church service in Kirinyaga, the DP emphasized the need for the country's development to be top on the agenda of any calls for a referendum instead of personal gains.

"Those calling for a referendum should first give us a break we concentrate on the development agenda that the Jubilee Party promised its people. We are all aware that the referendum debate is about politicians who are looking for political power but that is not what Kenyans want," Ruto said.

He challenged leaders to focus on service delivery as opposed to self-centred politics designed to erode gains made under the new constitutional order.

"People have been going around asking Kenyans who are not even ready for a referendum on what they want changed in the constitution. Kenyans are not prioritizing constitutional changes. What they need is water, electricity and their children to go to school. Let us focus on that and not a referendum, which is aimed at benefiting few individuals," Ruto said.

In particular, the Deputy President asked Jubilee leaders to pay attention to the party's manifesto, whose prime goal is to transform the country through better infrastructure, provision of clean drinking water, better healthcare and education for all.

Ruto said he would not tire from pushing development-leaning politics, adding that Kenya is past the politics of personalities, ethnicity, hate and division.

"I will work tirelessly to support President Uhuru Kenyatta in empowering Kenyans through the Big Four agenda," he said.

However, Ruto cautioned that the drive to transform Kenya required leaders to be united.

The remarks by Ruto come just a month before the presentation of the BBI report to President Uhuru Kenyatta.

At the centre of proposals made to the task force during countrywide tour to collect public views is the expansion of the national executive to include a Prime Minister and two deputies, a suggestion Ruto has vehemently opposed.

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