Still smarting from the humiliating defeat that the Building Bridges Initiative suffered in the courts, Maoka Maore who was among one of the insiders of the entire process has now come out to spill the beans on the dramatic intrigues that surrounded the exercise. Rubbishing claims from DP Ruto’s camp that difficulties in the discussions were due to haggling over positions, the MP disclosed that the biggest hurdle was Uhuru getting Raila to accept and reward Central with 70 constituencies, and although the BBI now appears dead they won’t forget this good gesture.
The Igembe North member of parliament was speaking when he made an appearance on KTN’s weekly political show NewsLine which was hosted by Fred Indimuli. Also appearing on the show was former Jubilee nominated Senator Isaac Mwaura.
While dismissing Deputy President William Ruto’s reported sway over the Mountain as the country approaches the 2022 general election, Maore said that during the BBI negotiations, the president had to meet with the former Prime Minister nineteen times before he was able to convince him to agree to some of the proposals that were in the Building Bridges Initiative, and which greatly favoured the Central Kenya region. Going on, he added that despite the fact the initiative was now seeming unlikely following a series of defeats in the courts of law, the kind gesture that Raila showed by ceding to their demands was a signal of the good intentions he has for GEMA, and they intend to reward him by voting for him in the forthcoming elections scheduled for next year.
Contrasting this with the DP, he said that during the BBI campaigns Ruto consistently opposed the initiative, and by doing this, he was indirectly opposing benefits that were to go to Central Kenya.
The BBI sail first ran into headwinds after a five-member judge bench led by Judge Joel Ngugi declared it unconstitutional. This occasioned the hearing of the case in the Court of Appeal, which, nevertheless, still upheld the decision of the lower court.
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