Ruto Allies to Sue Uhuru For Refund of BBI Billions

  • Deputy President William Ruto.
    Deputy President William Ruto.
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  • Members of Parliament (MPs) allied to Deputy President William Ruto have accused President Uhuru Kenyatta of misusing of tax money in the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).

    On Sunday, August 22, the lawmakers including Aldai MP Cornelly Serem and his Tinderet counterpart Julius Melly, vowed to sue President Uhuru to refund the Ksh13.5 billion allegedly spent on the BBI.

    Speaking during a fundraiser at St.Pauls Theological college in Kapsabet, Serem asked the President to personally repay back the money that was used to finance BBI campaigns and popularization.

    Cornelly Serem, Aldai Member of Parliament.
    Cornelly Serem, Aldai Member of Parliament.

    "Ksh13.5 billion can transform this country. We are actually going to put up a case against the president to make sure that he repays back the money," opine the Aldai lawmaker.

    The legislator noted that the government spent a lot of money to finance a document that was illegal. 

    He maintained that the President never sought authority from National Assembly to spend the 13.5 billion on BBI. 

    "Our President never got authority from the parliament to spend the money and should therefore pay back our Ksh13.5 billion he spent," stated the lawmaker.

    The MPs opined that the funds would have been better used to undertake several projects to the benefit of Kenyans

    Their sentiments echoed by Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro who criticised the government on the funds spent on the nullified document.

    The Court of Appeal on Friday, August 20, upheld the High Court ruling on the invalidity of BBI, declaring the document as unconstitutional.

    The Appellate judges faulted the procedures in the BBI process, accusing the proponents of the document and taking shortcuts in the implementation of the document.

    Various political leaders who were proponents of the document, reacted to the negative news, with ODM Leader Raila Odinga resigning not to appeal the ruling.

    Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro Speaking on Saturday August 21
    Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro Speaking on Saturday, August 21