Ruto's Next Move After BBI Triumph - Analysts

  • DP William Ruto bowing during a past prayer session.
    DP William Ruto bowing during a past prayer session.
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  • Deputy President William Ruto may have to go back to the drawing board in his bid to shoot down the The Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Bill.

    This is after the BBI on Tuesday, February 23, reached the threshold of 24 counties with the focus now shifting to the National Assembly.

    Ruto has stayed mum despite the recent developments, with analysts saying the loss is a huge blow to his 2022 presidential bid.

    Political analysts Mark Bichachi and Barack Muluka weighed in with different perspectives on the next move that the DP could take in a last-ditch effort to ensure he is not derailed.

    Deputy President William Ruto speaking during a rally
    Deputy President William Ruto speaking during a rally
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    Bichachi noted that Ruto was likely to stick to his political stance on advocating for a win-win situation and was likely to denounce that he ever opposed the bill.

    "His next move is to stop his pretence and come to the realisation that for him to be a leader, he doesn't need to go against even that which is good,"  he said.

    He opined that Ruto and his allies have been cornered in their own game, which has now come back to haunt them.

    "They play cloak and dagger games with the president. They say they respect him and then change tune and criticise the same government that they are in. I also don't see them refraining from this moving forward," he stated. 

    Further, Bichachi noted that Ruto and his Tangatanga brigade had politicised the BBI agenda, and were not willing to accept what the bill has to offer to Kenyans.

    Bichachi noted that Ruto would not oppose the bill after the greenlight by MCAs across the country. 

    "If today, BBI did not pass the threshold, him (Ruto) and his allies would come out to criticise the bill, saying that it does not appeal to the public," he stated.

    His opinion was, however, contradicted by his counterpart Muluka who affirmed that the BBI, once passed, would affect the country in an equally positive and negative manner.

    "BBI is a double-edged sword. After it goes through it will cut both ways. The same way one person wants to use it, another one can also use it.

    "There's in fact no reason to fight over it. It is equally good and equally bad for everyone," Muluka stated.

    Further, a section of the Tangatanga brigade has reacted to the BBI sail-through among them Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen.

    "Why are BBI promoters excited and overjoyed? When you are running on your own, how are you celebrating that you won?" posed Murkomen.

    Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen at Athi Catholic Church in Igembe South, Meru County, on October 25, 2020.
    Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen at Athi Catholic Church in Igembe South, Meru County, on October 25, 2020.
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