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Uhuru’s surprise move to tame DP Ruto

Days after holding a meeting with Kieleweke Members of Parliament in which they resolved that there will be no more talks or changes to the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report, President Uhuru Kenyatta have issued tough directives.

His Deputy President has been opposed to certain recommendations contained in the document. Ruto has been using his rallies calling for consensus and all inclusion in the BBI report and has threatened to stop the BBI reggae if his recommendations will not be accommodated in the report.

On Wednesday November 5, 2020, President Uhuru Kenyatta announced a raft of measures aimed at containing surging cases of Covid-19 including suspension of Political rallies across the country for the next 60 days in what many believe is a move to control huge gatherings commonly witnessed at political rallies.

The move by President Uhuru to suspend political rallies is seen by political analysts as a way to pave the way for BBI indoor meetings.

It is also seen as an avenue that the President and ODM leader Raila Odinga will use to push for enactment of the document with limited opposition from Deputy President William Ruto.

In a bid to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in the country and to drum up support for the document that has been endorsed by his handshake partner President Uhuru Kenyatta but rejected by Deputy President William Ruto, Raila on Wednesday November 4, 2020 used his phone to address the Nakuru residents over the BBI report that was launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta in Bomas.

Raila’s call was received by one of the BBI supporters, who then used his microphone to amplify Odinga’s voice.

While addressing the Nakuru residents, Raila had started off by passing his greetings to the charged crowd who were eager to hear from him.

“I am appalled that all of you are supporting the BBI. We no longer want our people to fight. What we now want to foster is peace as we ensure people are educated about this document. We want everyone given what they deserve. We are going to lay down structures that will ensure we don’t have war in the country. Let us support BBI since it encourages peace,” said Raila.

This is after Deputy President William Ruto had suspended his political gatherings citing the surge in the cases of Covid-19 infections in the country. 

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    Written by Kennedy Omondi

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