Deputy President William Ruto has differed with his boss President Uhuru Kenyatta over the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Bill and the Court’s ruling over the constitutional amendment document.
During an interview on Monday, August 23, 2021, the head of state expressed his displeasure with the BBI ruling and said though he will accept the court’s decision, it had denied Kenyans the goodies that the BBI had for them.
However, Ruto claimed the proposed BBI Bill was dangerous for Kenyans and the constitution adding that it would have rewarded only few political leaders who are perceived to be close to the power.
He specifically pointed out the proposals in the document such as a head of state appointing lawmakers into the Executive and the creation of the office of the ombudsman as dangerous to a democracy.
While addressing leaders from Makueni County on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at his Karen residence in Nairobi, Ruto claimed that BBI would plunge the country into imperial presidency.
“How will you be accountable if BBI was suggesting that we have a President who controls the legislature through the appointment of MPs into the Executive and controls the Judiciary?”
“We would have an imperial presidency, let us not lie to ourselves, let us not lie to the people, BBI was dangerous,” Ruto stated.
The second in command was responding to the President Uhuru’s remarks on the BBI Court judgment after the Court of Appeal annulled the Bill.
President expressed his disappointment over the judgement, noting that a section of politicians had turned the BBI agenda into a political battle instead of focusing on its main agenda, which was uniting the nation.
“I was keen on the project. Unfortunately, the court made its ruling and I believe they were highly misguided. We have politicians focusing on short-term political gains and they deviated (from the national agenda) and made BBI an issue of competition. I don’t know why,” President Uhuru said.
“BBI has no clause that says the incumbent President will continue for ten years,” He added.
The President also accused his Deputy, of opposing to the process of uniting the country.
“DP Ruto has been opposed to the process. You cannot bring someone who is opposed and does not want to see things happen on board. You cannot force something down someone’s throat,” Uhuru stated.