(Deputy President William Ruto. PHOTO/COURTESY)
Deputy President William Ruto on Monday 26th of October, 2022, ignored the heckling crowd to punch holes into the BBI report launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta at Bomas.
The PhP holder was among the invited guests at the Bomas of Kenya in Nairobi where hundreds of Kenyans from various disciplines converged to witness the unveiling of the report.
While hailing the progress the country has made to achieve a meaningful conversation, the former Agricultural Minister expressed his concern on how the BBI will solve the winner-takes-it-all issue.
“The BBI recommends that the president will appoint a Prime Minister from the winning majority party, the two Deputy PMs from the minority parties and can still fire them at will, how will that solve the winner-takes-it-all menace?” Asked the under-fire Jubilee Deputy Party leader.
According to Chapter Eight of the BBI report on the Legislature, the Senator Yusuf Haji-led Task Force recommends the creation of the Prime Minister’s position, two Deputies, Cabinet Ministers, the Attorney General and the Leader of Official Opposition, being the person who was the runner-up in the presidential election.
This, Ruto said, will not solve the problem faced by the losing parties, giving an example of the current NASA coalition assuming the BBI recommendation was already in place.
The DP also questioned the manner in which the BBI will empower the Senate to ensure that increased 35 per cent revenue allocation to the Counties is safeguarded.
But after realising that Ruto was punching so many holes into the progress, the crowd, mainly understood by the opposition wing and President Uhuru’s allies, booed the eloquent DP who could not relent to the noises.
Chants of ‘respect the president’ did not barricade him from airing his voice, saying the BBI should include all voices.
This was the first time the DP was being heckled at a public event attended by the President and the Opposition leader.
It was the second time the Ruto camp was being targeted by the hecklers after Ruto’s main man and Murkomen Senator Kipchumba Marakwet was in November 2019, bullied down when he questioned the exclusivity in the BBI implementation.
Since the famous Uhuru and Raila handshake in March 2018, Deputy President has mostly opposed everything the duo have been doing using his keyboard on Twitter and in his political rallies.
It was President Uhuru Kenyatta’s handshake with the former Prime Minister that gave birth to the highly-publicized Building Bridges Initiative.
If supported by the majority in the parliament, the BBI report will then end up in the referendum to change the current constitution, exactly a decade after it was first promulgated.