BBI FRAUD

We demand an apology from BBI proponents — Ruto

"That is the least the people of Kenya want for a president. People of Kenya want a servant leader."

In Summary

•Ruto accused them of sabotaging the Big 4 plan that was meant to create jobs for millions of ordinary Kenyans.

•He went on to say that it would have imposed an imperial president on the people who would have had control over the judiciary and parliament. 

Deputy President William Ruto has demanded an apology from the proponents of the Building Bridges Initiative.

Speaking on Thursday when he met clerics from Makueni county at his Karen residence, Ruto accused them of sabotaging the Big 4 plan that was meant to create jobs for millions of ordinary Kenyans.

"It was supposed to create a Universal Health Coverage frame work that would benefit millions of women and children, and all people," he said.

"They sabotaged the whole food investment strategy that would lift many farmers and create opportunities for them to access markets."

The second in command termed the BBI dangerous, insisting that it would have destroyed the Constitution of Kenya, 2010.

He went on to say that it would have imposed an imperial president on the people who would have had control over the judiciary and parliament. 

"And let me say this, there was no way that BBI was going to pass because it was the biggest fraud and the most dangerous assignment ever undertaken that would have destroyed the constitution," Ruto said.

He added, "That is the least the people of Kenya want for a president. People of Kenya want a servant leader."

The DP accused the BBI proponents of initiating the constitutional change to share power and positions among themselves.

The constitutional change initiative was born out of the March 9, 2018, handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga.

However, on May 13, 2021, a five-judge bench of the High Court declared the process unconstitutional and blocked the electoral agency from holding a referendum on the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill.

Justices Joel Ngugi, George Odunga, Jairus Ngaah, Teresia Matheka and Chacha Mwita said amendments could not be made to the basic foundation structure of the Constitution.

A seven-judge bench at the Court of Appeal on August 20, 2021 upheld the High Court ruling that BBI is null and void and that its processes were unconstitutional.

In a majority decision, six of the seven-judge bench, headed by the court’s President Daniel Musinga tore into the BBI process, declaring several stages and actions unconstitutional and unlawful.