By Bunge Correspondent
Press Statement,13th January 2020
Our attention is drawn to comments attributed to Deputy President William Ruto over the weekend where he claimed that the ongoing national consultative forums on the BBI are a waste of public funds and a political scheme by H.E Raila Odinga to draw its 2022 lineup.
The DP is further quoted claiming that BBI/Handshake, an agreement signed between H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta and Hon Raila Odinga, is a con game which he further asserts has derailed the Jubilee government’s Big Four Agenda.
While he failed, he turned out to be the biggest beneficiary of the same constitution. Borrowing from his 2010 experience, the man is at it again. He is opposing the BBI because he knows that he will be exposed.
The remarks by the DP are an affront to the President who is the head of state and government. Hiding behind BBI and the ODM leader Raila Odinga is open camouflage. It is clear the DP is hiding behind Prime Minister Raila Odinga and the BBI to fight the President and those public officers the President has entrusted with the power of helping him run the government
We want to remind Kenyans that Ruto is a known divisive and negative person with a very dark past. He is the only Deputy President in the History of our Republic who has been convicted of stealing a poor person’s land. Ruto thrives in confusion, division and chaos. He single-handedly opposed the 2010 Constitution for reasons that were based on lies and divisiveness that is the hallmark of his character.
- One of the biggest lies he has peddled over the weekend was that BBI is a waste of public funds. Ruto has detailed his Tanga Tanga team to throw around a figure to disparage the process for reasons that can only be described as selfish. It was claimed the process has cost Sh10 billion. We want to challenge the team to explain the source of this figure and how they arrived at it. While we are against the idea of banding around unverified figures, it also our contention that BBI is about national unity and cohesion, an important project in a country like ours scarred by divisiveness. BBI meetings should be seen in the wider context of a presidential directive that Kenyans read and understand the BBI report, engage on it in order to come up with lasting solutions to the matters identified as bedeviling our nationhood.
- No one chased Ruto, or even his allies, from the open public meeting in Kisii which was attended by leaders and Kenyans from all walks of life, political parties, sectors and opinions. DP Ruto is engaged in open hypocrisy. The fact that Ruto wrongly believes Kenyans owe him the presidency in 2022, which obsession makes him see political competition in any public discourse not driven by himself. The obsession with the presidency in its current imperial form inclines Ruto to oppose any process or proposal to diminish the presidency and broaden the power structure to be more inclusive.
- How does it hurt to facilitate Kenyans to meet and discuss how to stop corruption to which we lose the bulk of our nation’s wealth each year? It certainly can’t be a waste of resources to enable Kenyans to introspect and address with finality how to end violence which claims lives, limbs, properties and displaces citizens each election circle just as other 9 issues BBI fora seeks to have Kenyans resolve.
Ruto should have the courage to face the President, instead of hiding behind ODM. His attitude towards the President as DP makes me believe Kenyans should consider amending the Constitution to make the DP an appointee of the President as was the case before.
Doesn’t it sound funny to hear Ruto talk about wasting of public resources. No one expects this project to be undertaken at no cost. For us, Ruto’s road to Damascus moment is baffling. Here is a man questioning the expenditure of public funds to a worthy national cause when just last year he trivialized Sh7 billion during the county worst scandal in the water sector, the Kimwarer and Arror dams.
- For Ruto it is not about court orders. How can this man talk of rule of law when he has declared war against the President and the entire government system? Ruto has defended thieves in broad day light. He has refused to support the President’s war on corruption. He has issues with the DCI, EACC and DPP all government institutions. He has attacked the heads of these institutions in public every time they have they have turned their investigations in the direction of Ruto’s thieving allies in government.