Ruto Hits Back at Critics After BBI U-Turn

  • Deputy President William Ruto at the ICC during a past hearing
    Deputy President William Ruto at the ICC during a past hearing
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  • Deputy President William Ruto on Monday, November 30, responded to confusion surrounding his support of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report.

    Ruto stamped his authority after one of the local dailies ran a story purporting that he had been cornered into supporting the BBI report.

    "Cornered?? Not as easy as you think my friends. Scaling the stairs while chewing gum we do without a problem. It’s never too late to do the right thing.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto share a light moment at State House Nairobi
    President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto share a light moment at State House Nairobi
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    "Tremendous progress achieved. Consensus on remaining Issues & Process so as to have Non-Divisive vote best Option," stated Ruto.

    Ruto reiterated his previous stand of having a consensus in some of the contentious issues contained in the report after he appeared to endorse it on Saturday.

    The Jubilee Deputy Party Leader noted that he had a constitutional duty to assist President Uhuru Kenyatta and went on to welcome the changes included in the report.

    "I’ve a constitutional duty to assist my boss, the President. We’ve made an improvement to BBI post-Bomas.

    "Now working on consensus for Kenyans to have real choices to decide/vote while avoiding yes/no, all/nothing division. We avoided lose-lose we can overcome win-lose to achieve win-win," he noted.

    A section of Kenyans, however, came out to blast the Deputy President for referring to provisions already contained in the document he had earlier criticised. 

    Ruto had previously opposed the constitutional reforms stating that the report should focus on all Kenyans instead of few political leaders. 

    The article in the daily claimed that Ruto was at crossroads in choosing either to back Uhuru in his support for BBI, oppose the changes or play the waiting game.

    Questions had emerged after Ruto skipped two events presided over by Uhuru including the launch of the BBI signature collection drive held at the KICC on Wednesday.

    DP William Ruto speaking at Bomas of Kenya
    DP William Ruto speaking at Bomas of Kenya on October 26, 2020.
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