Ruto Convenes Crisis Meeting After Snubbing Uhuru Twice

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    Deputy President William Ruto waves a gathering in Bungoma on Sunday, September 27, 2020
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  • Deputy President William Ruto convened a crisis meeting at his Karen home after he snubbed President Uhuru Kenyatta's events twice in one week.

    The DP is reported to have summoned 150 of his closest allies to a meeting scheduled for Wednesday, December 2, with the aim of finding a common stand on matters Building Bridges Initiative.

    A report by People Daily also indicated that Ruto had hired experts to break down the BBI amendments to his allies during the meeting.

    The move comes after it was revealed that some of his allies were open to a consensus regarding the BBI, while another faction was totally opposed to the controversial document.

    Deputy President William Ruto at the podium of the church in his Karen home on Sunday, April 26, 2020.
    Deputy President William Ruto at the podium of the church in his Karen home on Sunday, April 26, 2020.
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    Senators said to oppose the BBI in its entirety include Tharaka Nithi Senator Kithure Kindiki, Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen and their Meru counterpart Mithika Linturi.

    Some of the MPs also said to have developed cold feet include Alice Wahome (Kandara) and Kimani Ichung'wah (Kikuyu).

    The leaders open to a consensus include Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot, Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei, Bomet Senator Christopher Langat and MPs Didmus Barasa (Kimilili) and Benjamin Washiali (Mumias East). 

    The development comes a day after the DP is said to have snubbed President Uhuru Kenyatta's events twice in span of one week.

    After skipping the BBI Signature Collection Drive on Wednesday, November 25, the DP is said to have also skipped the National Security Council (NSC) meeting held between Thursday, November 26 and Saturday, November 28.

    The meeting was aimed at discussing key national security matters and the DP was the only NSC member who skipped the event.

    Those who attended the meeting included CS Fred  Matiang'i (Interior), Raychelle Omamo (Foreign Affairs), Monica Juma (defence) and the Attorney General Paul Kihara among others.

    On Saturday, the DP had a change of heart on BBI and argued that he had a constitutional duty to support the Head of State with the goal being to get a consensus for Kenyans to have real choices to decide on.

    "I have a constitutional duty to assist my boss, the President. We have made improvements to BBI report after the Bomas event.

    "We need to avoid yes/no, all/nothing division. We avoided lose-lose we can overcome win-lose to achieve win-win," Ruto stated.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta (centre) with Deputy President William Ruto (left) and Opposition leader Raila Odinga during the launch of the BBI report at the Bomas of Kenya, Nairobi on November 27.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta (centre) with Deputy President William Ruto (left) and Opposition leader Raila Odinga at the Bomas of Kenya, Nairobi
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