The Jubilee party has been flirting with the idea of amending the Constitution to split and expand the Executive since 2015, but kept it guarded so as to focus on re-clinching the seat in 2017.
Internal document reveal that Jubilee had even planned to campaign on this and went as far as sharing the same with the then Cord senior officials, who later launched Okoa Kenya Referendum Bill (2016), but which flopped after IEBC termed collected signatures as fake.
But it now emerges that the Deputy President William Ruto wing of URP threatened to move out of Jubilee and launch a separate campaign in the 2017 General Election, if their The National Alliance (TNA) partners insisted on pushing for the amendments.
The first public hint of the referendum were flaunted by veteran political commentator Tony Gachoka who served as chief of protocol for Raila when he was Prime Minister in the Grand Coalition Government (2008-2012)
Gachoka addressed the petition to Uhuru and Raila and called for “urgent consensus in public interest” on “need for changes in some of the constitutional, legal and administrative laws by way of a referendum while areas in which agreement can be reached should be negotiated in the public interest [by] Parliament without a referendum.”
February 2018, a surprise Constitutional Amendment Bill was tabled in Parliament by Tiaty MP William Kamket, whose key proposal included creation of the Office of the Prime Minister and abolition of office of the Deputy President.
Few weeks later, March 9 to be exact, came the handshake followed by the Building Bridges Innitiative (BBI) whose agenda is strikingly similar to that contained in Mr Gachoka’s petition two years earlier.
URP wing is said to have hit the roof after reading the petition and unmasking that it was a shrewd ploy by Deputy President (DP) William Ruto’s detractors to get him out of the Uhuru Kenyatta succession line-up. The petition, they said, was also to edge Mr Ruto out of the 2017 re-election as Mr Kenyatta’s running mate, and probably replace him.
“My alarm bells about shady things going on behind our backs went off in 2015 when we first became aware of proposals that emerged about constitutional amendments to create positions of two deputy presidents and a prime minister. There is nothing wrong about legal amendments but the party had not discussed things with such drastic implications,” Meru Senator Mithika Linturi told Nation.
But now, it would seem the plot to lock out the hustler from Sugoi from sitting on the throne is unstoppable according to former Jubilee vice-chairman David Murathe.
Murathe declared in a television interview on Sunday: “The stop Ruto movement is unstoppable”
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