DP Ruto accuses Raila of pushing for BBI due to 'individual interests'

DP Ruto accuses Raila of pushing for BBI due to 'individual interests'

Deputy President William Ruto addressing Tana River residents on December 21, 2021. PHOTO | DPPS

  • The DP slammed Odinga claiming the ODM chief only endorsed BBI for individual interests.
  • According to the DP, Odinga pushed for BBI only because his camp and himself, and not Kenyans, would get additional perks and benefits.
  • Ruto similarly urged Kenyans to vote wisely at the general elections next year.

Deputy President William Ruto has criticized Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga’s role in pushing for Constitutional change through the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).

Speaking in Tana River on Tuesday as he continued ramping up support ahead of the polls next year, the DP slammed Odinga claiming the ODM chief only endorsed BBI for individual interests.

“Si mnajua kuna formula ilitengenezwa huko bunge ya kugawa rasilimali ya Kenya. Si mnajua hiyo formula ilikuwa inataka kupunguza pesa ya Tana River. Si mnajua hiyo formula ilikuwa inaongozwa na ule mtu wa kitendawili?” Ruto posed.

“Nyinyi ata kama mambo iko sawa mnaeza kupigia mtu kura mwenye anawapangia mambo yenu iteremshwe chini? Lazima tuambiane ukweli.”

According to the DP, Odinga pushed for BBI only because his camp and himself, and not Kenyans, would get additional perks and benefits should the initiative be implemented.

“Ule mtu wa kitendawili anasema yeye anataka kubadilisha katiba kwanza, aongeze mamlaka ya rais kwanza, aongeze vyeo vya viongozi kwanza, aweke formula ya kudhulumu watu wa Tana River kwanza, apange hiyo mambo ingine yote ati alafu baadaye akuje apange mambo ya hawa vijana,” DP Ruto said as he addressed residents.

“Mimi nimemwambia bwana kitendawili, mambo ya vyeo na mamlaka na mambo ya viongozi, na kubadilisha katiba na kutengeneza formula ya kudhulumu watu wengine, hiyo hatuwezi kukubali kwa hii Kenya.”

Ruto similarly urged Kenyans to vote wisely at the general elections next year, in order to avoid having lax representatives in the next government.

“Kiongozi yeyote amechaguliwa, anachaguliwa kwenda kulinda haki ya wale waliomchagua. Kama kiongozi anachaguliwa hapa Tana River, anafika Nairobi, anachanganyikiwa na analipwa alafu anauza haki ya wale waliomchagua, huyo si kiongozi, huyo ni tapeli,” the DP said.

“Nimesema mwangalie viongozi vizuri ili msichague kiongozi ambaye atawahujumu na kufanya kinyume ya mahitaji yenu ama matakwa yenu.”

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