Ruto asks BBI taskforce to share countrywide programme
Deputy President William Ruto has asked the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) taskforce to move swiftly and share its countrywide programme with Kenyans.
He said this would allow Kenyans to prepare to share their input with the taskforce towards making the final report inclusive.
“The programme will guide and prepare us because we would want to see the opinion of all Kenyans to count in this process,” he said.
Ruto made the remarks Friday in Taveta in Taita Taveta during a leaders’ consultative meeting.
The DP asked the taskforce to avail sufficient copies of the BBI report to Kenyans.
“By reading the report, Kenyans would be able to make informed decisions,” he added.
He said Kenyans should turn up in large numbers and support the process that may define their future.
“Let us cooperate and make it a success so that by June, we have the second report of the Initiative.”
The DP said successful completion of the process would usher in a new era that would accord Jubilee Government ample time to steer the country’s development agenda.
However, he cautioned the taskforce to guard the process against being hijacked by political interests.
He asked the Senator Yusuf Haji-lead Team to carry out the work professionally, and accord Kenyans an opportunity to freely present their input on BBI.
“The taskforce should not be intimidated by political brokers who would want to revive their fortunes,” he said.
At the same time, Dr Ruto urged leaders to work together in transforming Kenya.
He said there was need for politicians to compete on their development programmes and agenda rather than engaging in divisive politics.
The forum was attended by, among others, Taveta MP Naomi Shabaan, Taita Taveta Woman Representative Lydiah Haika, former Taita Taveta Governor John Mruttu, former Taita Taveta Woman Representative Joyce Lay and several Members of the Taita Taveta County Assembly.
Dr Shabaan said they were in support of President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy.
“We do not want our country to be torn apart by self-centred kind of politics. We would continue rallying behind these two leaders because of their development agenda for our country,” she noted.
Haika asked Kenyans to ensure they share their views with the BBI committee.
This, she said, would ensure that their pressing issues are factored in the final report later in the year.
Mruttu asked leaders to discard the politics of hate and focus on empowering Kenyans.