Deputy President William Ruto has lifted the lid on what he described as the real incentive that led to the creation of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).
Speaking during a meeting with small scale traders from Dagoretti North on Tuesday, August 31, the DP claimed that BBI was a scheme lased with sweeteners to create an imperial President and executive positions for a few individuals.
He further noted that after the collapse of the amendment at the Court of Appeal, the team behind the document argued that they passed the proposal off as aimed at improving the lives of the youth and Kenyans at large.
He also termed it as the biggest fraud the country had ever seen.President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga at KICC in Nairobi for the National launch of BBI signatures collection exercise. November 25, 2020.PSCU
"Kenya is being led backwards by fraudulent leaders. People who do not want to say the truth. Now, (the people who champion for the proposal), are telling us BBI, the biggest fraud that ever happened in the Republic of Kenya, are telling us lies.
"We wanted to pass BBI for youth tax holiday. You do not need to change The Constitution to effect tax holiday for the youth or have additional 70 constituencies," stated Ruto.
The DP further claimed that the team behind the proposal was seeking to empower the office of the President to be able to control the Judiciary as well as the Parliament.
"You wanted to change The Constitution because you wanted to create an imperial President. A leader who will appoint ministers from Parliament so that he can control the house.
"You wanted to have a President who will set up an ombudsman at the Judiciary to be able to manipulate it," he added.
The amendment, which was spearheaded by President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, was declared null and void by the High Court, A decision that was upheld by the Court of Appeal.
The inclusion of the office of the ombudsman had created disquiet among the countries elite with the Council of Governors calling for its abolishment.
Raila, however, defended the seat noting that it was created for the public seeking to raise complaints about the Judiciary.
The Office of the Attorney General led by Paul Kihara has expressed interest in appealing the decision at the Supreme Court.
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