In Summary
  • The politicians expressed fears that Mr Odinga and his team are out to polarise the country with their incessant attacks on the DP.
  • Turbo MP Janet Sitienei wondered why politicians are campaigning for BBI yet all Kenyans have accepted the document.
  • Dr Pukose also asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to honour his promise to support DP Ruto in 2022.

Leaders allied to Deputy President William Ruto have slammed the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) consultative forums, saying they have been hijacked by opposition leader Raila Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) as it positions itself for the 2022 succession politics.

Led by Aldai MP Cornelius Serem and Nandi Senator Samson Cherargey, the politicians expressed fears that Mr Odinga and his team are out to polarise the country with their incessant attacks on the DP instead of discussing the contents of the BBI report.

BUKHUNGU

“What happened on Saturday at Bukhungu Stadium was extremely embarrassing and sad. Instead of addressing the contents of the draft and preaching peace, it turned out to be political enmity and fight against one individual. Mwananchi has gotten a raw deal and it is clear that BBI is more of a political assassination tool than a national initiative,” said Mr Serem.

Senator Cherargey, a close ally of the DP, claimed that ODM brigades are using the BBI report as their political vehicle, a move he said is meant to tarnish Dr Ruto’s image.

MOTIVE

“We know what Raila and the team are doing – crisscrossing the nation hoodwinking the public that they are drumming up support for the BBI report when their real motive is to use it as a weapon to bar DP Ruto from ascending to power,” said Mr Cherargey.

They now want the government to ban BBI rallies to avoid acrimony among Kenyans who are supporters of various politicians.

Turbo MP Janet Sitienei wondered why politicians are campaigning for BBI yet all Kenyans have accepted the document.

“We read the BBI report and embraced it as a good document meant to improve the lives of all Kenyans. It is interesting to see former Prime Minister Raila Odinga using the document to push for his selfish agenda,” Ms Sitienei said on Saturday at Chepsaita Secondary School in her constituency.

Kesses MP Swarup Mishra said that Kenyans have embraced the BBI report and it should not be subjected to unnecessary campaigns by idle politicians.

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