Kenyatta Lashes Out at Ruto and His Brigade Opposed to BBI

President Kenyatta and Nasa leader Raila Odinga when they met at Harambee House on March 9, 2018.
4 December 2019

Nairobi — President Uhuru Kenyatta has lashed out at the Tanga Tanga group of leaders allied to his deputy William Ruto, for confusing Kenyans over the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).

Speaking in his native Kikuyu, the visibly angry President castigated leaders "who have been going around the country to poison people against the report" launched last week, saying they will not succeed.

"A week before the report was released, they were going around criticising the report ... now that the report is out, they have changed tact ... these are people who do not know," he said, in what was widely interpreted to be directed to his Deputy Ruto and leaders loyal to him.

And he was categorical that Kenyans should "not let any leader dictate to you what you should do."

"You are not stupid," he said, "read (BBI report) it for yourselves. You know what you want, Kenyans want peace, unity and the proper use of their resources in a way that will help the local Mwanainchi."

He was speaking in Mangu, Kiambu County, where he launched a dispensary, declaring, "enough is enough."

While Ruto and his troops, including a few MPs from Kenyatta's Mt Kenya region like Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria and Kimani Ichung'wa (Kikuyu) and Ndindi Nyoro (Kiharu), declared they will oppose the report even before it was unveiled, they appear to have changed tact, to offer it conditional support.

The leaders have set themselves on a collision path with Opposition chief Raila Odinga and President Kenyatta who wants the report subjected to a popular vote, instead saying they want it taken to Parliament.

"I'm speaking in anger because wherever you turn, they are making wild allegations. All over in meetings and various gatherings," Kenyatta said of weekend meetings by Ruto and his loyalists who have made the BBI their pet subject.

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