Raila Odinga, DP Ruto meet in Kakamega, BBI Politics take center stage

DP William Ruto and Raila Odinga in Matungu

ODM leader Raila Odinga and Deputy President William Ruto were among the mourners who attended the funeral service of the late Matungu MP Justus Murunga. This was the first time the two leaders were meeting eye to eye after clashing on contents of the BBI Report after it was publicly unveiled at the Bomas of Kenya in October.

Also present was Speaker of the Senate Kenneth Lusaka, CoG Chair, and Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya, Senator Cleophas Malala, his Bungoma counterpart Moses Wetangula, ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi and among other leaders.

BBI politics took center stage at the burial ceremony where leaders present drummed up support for the document. ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi said time was not on Kenyans’side and that the BBI process cannot drag any longer. He urged those against the document, especially DP Ruto to pick a side.

”Everything is not okay in our country. We need to finish this process and embark on rebuilding the economy. Things are looking very bad,” Mudavadi said.

Even though mourners expected DP William Ruto and Raila Odinga to clash over the BBI, Odinga steered clear of BBI Politics only saying that their intention is to have a country for every Kenyan, regardless of their tribe.

On his part, DP Ruto took the chance to continue with his anti-BBI charade, saying the country was on in a hurry to change the constitution. He took on ANC leader Mudavadi who had told him to declare his position on the same.

”We are not in a hurry to change the Constitution. Those telling us they cannot wait should know Kenya has a shortage of fools. Kenyans can wait as we work on a path to consensus,” Ruto said.

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