Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata has finally spoken on the court of Appeal ruling on the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) that was released on Friday 20 August as Kenyans give views on the ruling.
The Court of Appeal ruling upheld the judgment of the high court which rejected the BBI process terming it unconstitutional, illegal, null, and void.
According to the high court judgment, the constitutional amendment was going to interfere with the basic structure of the 2010 Constitution thus making it risky in the country governing.
Most political leaders allied to Deputy President William Ruto were super excited with the court ruling and went on to congratulate the judiciary for protecting the previous constitution.
Murang’a senator Irungu Kang’ata, however, had a different thought from that of his friends noting that he was not happy with the ruling.
The lawmaker further asserted that he had warned the President Uhuru Kenyatta of humiliation that was waiting for him and the BBI team but he was ignored and was later demoted from the Senate Majority whip post.
“When this judgment was released, I didn’t celebrate like the majority of my friends. I wasn’t happy at all. I sympathized with the president. I wrote to him back in January and warned that this process would face humiliation,” Irungu stated.
“I told him that BBI did not emanate from the common citizens but the political elites. This was what exactly the court said about BBI. The court ruled that BBI was a process being driven by president Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga,” Irungu said.
“When I wrote that letter, I was crucified and I was even removed as the Senate majority whip. If the president would have listened to me he would not have encountered this shame,” the Murang’a senator added.
The lawmaker added that he was among the people who formed the Jubilee government and he would therefore not wish anything bad for the ruling party.