Kiharu Member of Parliament, Ndindi Nyoro has issued new demands to the Government over its alleged expenditure on the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Bill process.
While speaking on Saturday, August 21, 2021 at St. James and All Martyrs Cathedral in Murang’a County, Nyoro who is a close ally of Deputy President William Ruto demanded that all the public money that was used in the BBI process must be refunded.
The Kiharu lawmaker accused the BBI promoters of using the public resources on a process that was declared unconstitutional and illegal by the both the High and the Appeal court at the expense of development projects and fights against the Covid-19 pandemic.
“All the taxpayers money spent on BBI must be refunded. They re-directed vaccines’ money, Kemsa funds, money that was supposed to buy masks for students and that which was meant for roads in the Mt Kenya region to the BBI process which was illegal,” Nyoro noted.
“What they did amounts to misappropriation of public funds and they must be held to account,” He added.
Nyoro also argued that since it was established the BBI initiative was not a popular initiative and people driven, the proponents must be compelled to refund the moneys spent.
“It is good they return public funds since the court ruled that BBI was a personal process and one cannot use public funds to advance their personal initiatives,” the lawmaker stated.
The legislator further claimed that the majority of Kenyans were intimidated to support the constitutional amendment process against their will.
“The majority of Kenyans were intimidated to support BBI. Now the leaders who supported the amendments should toe the line and respect the rule of law,” he added.
His sentiments come barely hours after Deputy President William Ruto issued a statement on Saturday, August 21, 2021 lauding the Judiciary for their ruling on the BBI Bill.
“It (August 20, 2021, BBI appeal judgment) marks the second time our courts have pronounced themselves on this matter. On both occasions, our courts were bold, clear, and unmistakable,” Ruto said.
He described the judgment as a win for both the constitution and the people.
“No one has lost and no one has won. It is a win-win for both the people and the Constitution. The people have won, the Constitution has won and the rule of law has prevailed. I laud the courage of the judges who have bravely defended the Constitution. God bless them. This is, therefore, a moment of reflection and appreciation. We celebrate our institutions which have come of age; foremost, the Judiciary. We rejoice in the timeless spirit of freedom that remains alive in our land,” DP Ruto stated.