ODM MPs Call Out DP William Ruto over Constitutional Amendments

  • ODM leaders allied have accused Deputy President William Ruto of being against the 'handshake' between President Uhuru Kenyatta.

    The leaders who were addressing a congregation on Sunday noted that the DP remarks that he would not support amending the Constitution showed that he did not favour the handshake.

    Led by ODM secretary general Edwin Sifuna the lawmakers told DP Ruto that amending the Constitution was inevitable.

    Legislators Samuel Atandi (Alego), Anthony Oluoch (Mathare), Caleb Amisi (Saboti), Florence Mutua (Busia Woman Rep) and Godfrey Osotsi (Nominated) claimed that the Constitution has 20 percent errors and needed to be amended.

    [caption caption="NASA leader Raila Odinga with ODM secretary general Edwin Sifuna"][/caption]

    Sifuna told the congregation: “We all agree that there is a need for constitutional change to fix the 20 per cent that is defective in the 2010 Constitution."

    The ODM secretary general added: "We want to tell the DP that this will happen whether he likes it or not.”

    DP Ruto is reported to have rejected calls to amend the Constitution to expand the country’s governance system and create positions for a prime minister and a deputy prime minister. 

    Ruto, who spoke last week at Kakamega Township Primary School during the homecoming ceremony of Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed, called on leaders to focus on development issues to benefit Kenyans instead of concentrating on personal interests.

    He urged politicians pushing for constitutional amendments to create more political positions to stop being greedy and instead focus on development.

    [caption caption="DP Ruto DP Ruto during the thanksgiving ceremony of Bureti MP Japhet Kiptergech, Kapkatet, Kericho County"][/caption]

    The DP noted that it would be unfair to engage Kenyans in another political contest even before Kenyans recover from last year’s politics.