Deputy President William Ruto on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 claimed that the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) is the biggest fraud the country had ever had.
Speaking during his meeting with small scale traders from Dagoretti North Constituency, the second in command alleged that BBI was a scheme to fraud Kenyans and create an imperial President and executive positions for a few individuals.
In his statement, Ruto noted that after the collapse of the proposed constitutional amendment bill at the Court of Appeal, the proponents of the document argued that they passed the proposal off as aimed at improving the lives of the youth and Kenyans at large.
“Kenya is being led backwards by fraudulent leaders. People who do not want to say the truth. Now, (the people who champion for the proposal), are telling us BBI, the biggest fraud that ever happened in the Republic of Kenya, are telling us lies.
“We wanted to pass BBI for youth tax holiday. You do not need to change The Constitution to effect tax holiday for the youth or have additional 70 constituencies,” Ruto stated.
He also claimed that the team behind the constitutional amendment bill was seeking to empower the office of the President to be able to control the Judiciary as well as the Parliament.
“You wanted to change The Constitution because you wanted to create an imperial President. A leader who will appoint ministers from Parliament so that he can control the house.
“You wanted to have a President who will set up an ombudsman at the Judiciary to be able to manipulate it,” Ruto added.
The amendment, which was spearheaded by President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, was declared null and void by the High Court, A decision that was upheld by the Court of Appeal.
The inclusion of the office of the ombudsman as proporsed in the BBI document had created disquiet among the political leaders with the Council of Governors (COG) also rooting against it.
The former Prime Minister, however, defended the proposal noting that it was created for the public seeking to raise complaints about the Judiciary.
Following the Court of Appeal ruling against the Bill, the Office of the Attorney General led by Paul Kihara has expressed interest in appealing the decision.