In Summary
  • Mr Tuju is on record saying Jubilee is fully behind BBI, which is not only a government project but also benefits from State funding.

  • DP’s troops, led by Mr Washiali, are countering that the initiative is not anchored in any law and faces imminent death on the floor of the House.
  • Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa, a key ally of the DP, dismissed the team, terming it an “amorphous body with no legal backing.”

Differences of opinion between Jubilee Party leaders allied to President Uhuru Kenyatta and those associated with Deputy President William Ruto over the Building Bridges Initiative intensified Tuesday, threatening to not only tear the ruling party further apart, but also scuttle the reforms initiative.

IMMINENT DEATH

While the party’s secretary-general Raphael Tuju said Jubilee is fully behind the initiative, and that party members should lead its advocacy at the grassroots, the party’s leadership in the National Assembly, fronted by Chief Whip Benjamin Washiali, criticised the initiative as dead on arrival.

Mr Tuju is on record saying Jubilee is fully behind BBI, which is not only a government project but also benefits from State funding.

“The BBI is an initiative of our party leader Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga,” said Mr Tuju, adding: “It’s a little bit stretching for us to have an initiative by the government and our party leader yet be pre-occupied in any way with a parallel initiative.”.

But the DP’s troops, led by Mr Washiali, are countering that the initiative is not anchored in any law and faces imminent death on the floor of the House.

“The problem is its origination, and if it comes to Parliament it will fail on the first day,” Mr Washiali told the Nation Tuesday. “The question will be: ‘Who tasked them to go and collect public information; was the verdict made; and where was the budget allocated?’”

But Mr Tuju defended the BBI team Tues and faulted those who are opposed to it even before it makes public its findings and recommendations.

PEOPLE'S VIEWS

“The BBI process is almost reaching its conclusion. The team will write a report which I think will be out between September and October. You can’t blame the BBI team for having collected people’s views and writing a report and recommendations on it because you don’t know what is going to be recommended,” he said.

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