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Kirwa accuses Ruto of reintroducing BBI through back door

Tuesday, October 4th, 2022 22:22 | By
Kirwa accuses Ruto of reintroducing BBI through back door
Former Cherangany Member Parliament (MP) Kipruto Arap Kirwa. PHOTO/Courtesy.

Former Cherangany Member Parliament (MP) Kipruto Arap Kirwa has hit out at President William Ruto for secretly introducing Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) through the back door.

Speaking during an interview on KTN, Kirwa noted that Ruto's current moves including the appointment of Musalia Mudavadi as the Prime Cabinet Secretary are among the proposals envisioned in the BBI.

"Ruto created the position of Prime Cabinet Secretary without the two deputies and he is now creating positions of assistant ministers calling them Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS)," Kirwa said.

The former Cherangany MP also said Ruto vowed to amend parliamentary standing orders to enable Cabinet Secretaries to respond to questions on the floor of the House.

"They are saying ministers will be going to parliament to be questioned which takes us to what BBI was saying that a certain proportion of ministers should come from Members of Parliament," Kirwa said.

BBI failed

Ruto's Kenya Kwanza camp strongly campaigned against BBI which was fronted by retired President Uhuru Kenyatta and Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Alliance leader Raila Odinga.

Uhuru argued that BBI would promote power-sharing among competing ethnic groups through the creation of the Prime Minister's post and two deputies.

However, the Supreme Court ruling in March 2022 hammered the final nail in BBI's coffin.

The apex court declared the BBI unconstitutional, halting Uhuru's bid to make changes to the Constitution which his critics said was an attempt to maintain a stranglehold on power.

The judges ruled that the retired President was the promoter of the initiative and that the Constitution does not grant him the powers to amend it through a popular initiative.

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