A section of ODM leaders have trained their arsenal on Deputy President William Ruto following his anti-referendum remarks during the Chatham house address.
Ruto had questioned the necessity of a referendum at a time when the country is planning to conduct an expensive census and boundary review before the next polls.
A member in the audience had asked him to address the question of a bloated wage bill in Kenya and whether he supports a referendum to streamline political positions and do away with the “winner takes it all” mentality politics.
“Do we have the resources to do census this year, a boundary review next year, an election in 2022 and a referendum in between? Is it reasonable? Let us put these questions into context,” posed Dr Ruto.
And in a terse rejoinder, MPs Otiende Amollo (ODM, Rarieda), John Mbadi the ODM National Chairman and secretary-general Edwin Sifuna in castigating the DP as a an ‘enemy of inclusivity’.
Mbadi said the referendum push was no longer a matter of debate and accused Ruto of being out of touch with the reality in the country.
“Matters of inclusivity are more important than the cost of a referendum. What the DP needs to do is join other Kenyans in fighting graft so that we have enough money for a referendum,” Mbadi said.
Rarieda MP Otiende Omolllo said Ruto was just opposed to the referendum call and not really the cost.
ODM secretary general Edwin Sifuna on his part claimed that Ruto was opposed to the referendum push because he thrives on politics of division.
“A united country does not quite work with his script because he exploits perceived tribal differences to fuel his campaigns,” Sifuna said in part
Following the salvo of verbal attacks, Ruto through his spokesperson David Mugonyi said the leaders are free to say anything, that Kenya is a ‘free country’.
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