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What next for DP Ruto after County Assemblies overwhelmingly passed BBI bill?

Deputy President William Ruto has suffered a major setback after the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) bill that he has opposed surpassed its minimum target after Members of County Assembly (MCAs) voted to support it.

The second in command may have to go back to the drawing board after the proposed Constitutional amendment bill on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 reached the threshold of 24 counties.

According to the political analysts, DP Ruto’s silence over the matter clearly indicates that it is a huge blow to his 2022 presidential quest.

Political analysts Mark Bichachi and Barack Muluka, weighed different options left for Ruto over the BBI bill and this is what they had to say:

Bichachi said: “His next move is to stop his pretense and come to the realisation that for him to be a leader, he doesn’t need to go against even that which is good,”

“They play cloak and dagger games with the president. They say they respect him and then change tune and criticise the same government that they are in. I also don’t see them refraining from this moving forward,” 

“If today, BBI did not pass the threshold, him (Ruto) and his allies would come out to criticise the bill, saying that it does not appeal to the public,”

According to Muluka: “BBI is a double-edged sword. After it goes through it will cut both ways. The same way one person wants to use it, another one can also use it.

“There’s in fact no reason to fight over it. It is equally good and equally bad for everyone,”

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    Written by Kennedy Omondi

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