In Summary
  • On Tuesday, Mr Odinga and Mr Ruto’s allies tore into each other over proposals to create the Office of the Prime Minister.
  • ODM national chairman John Mbadi accused leaders allied to Mr Ruto of thinking that creating the position of Prime Minister is aimed at benefitting Mr Odinga.

  • Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei said, "These are people trying to gain power through the backdoor because they have realised that they can’t win an election."

A section of leaders allied to Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga and Deputy President William Ruto Tuesday traded barbs over the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).

Mr Odinga has been rallying Kenyans to support BBI, arguing that the proposals will move the country forward.

On his part, DP Ruto has vowed not to back any initiative geared towards creating more positions in the executive.

EXCLUSION

The DP dismissed the President’s brainchild, saying BBI was out to create positions for his allies and won’t boost building national unity or support the war on corruption.

On Sunday, while in Narumoru, Mr Ruto vowed to oppose any attempt to change the Constitution, saying the move was just aimed at “creating positions for a few communities”.

He termed the attempt to change the Constitution ridiculous. “I want to tell our friends who are making ridiculous proposals, if you say you want to change the Constitution so that you can have five positions for five ethnic communities, what will happen to the rest of the communities?

“Are we solving the issue of inclusion or are we entrenching and constitutionalising marginalisation and exclusion? We must be careful about what we do, not to entrench ethnicity, exclusion and marginalisation. Kenya belongs to all communities, to everybody,” said the DP.

On Tuesday, Mr Odinga and Mr Ruto’s allies tore into each other over proposals to create the Office of the Prime Minister. ODM national chairman John Mbadi accused leaders allied to Mr Ruto of thinking that creating the position of Prime Minister is aimed at benefitting Mr Odinga.

“Raila is here for a period but the country will still have the positions and systems of government even when he is out of politics,” Mr Mbadi said.

ODM director of political affairs Opiyo Wandayi accused Mr Ruto’s allies of creating unnecessary tension over BBI.

PREMATURE

“Let them hold their horses until the BBI report is released. No one can be sure of what it will recommend. It behoves the DP to control his troops,” said Mr Wandayi.

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