‘The die is cast’ – Ruto weighs in on BBI judgement

Friday, August 20th, 2021 17:57 | By
Deputy President William Ruto. PHOTO/COURTESY

Deputy President William Ruto has said the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) has now ended and the promoters should not take Kenyans back to it.

"The die is cast. Hakuna vile wanaezarudisha haya maneno huko nyuma (there is no way they can take us back there)," Ruto said on Friday.

Ruto said leaders should now focus on serving Kenyans.

"Before talking about changing the Constitution, we should talk about economic planning. Before talking about political positions, we should talk about how four million jobless Kenyans will get jobs," he said.

Ruto spoke on Friday when he met clergy from the Worldwide Gospel Churches of Kenya led by Presiding Bishop Eliud Wanyoike Karanja in Karen, Nairobi County.

Seven judges of the Court of Appeal are currently making their submissions.

Court of Appeal Judge Patrick Kiage while giving his judgment took issue with the manner in which BBI Referendum Bill was initiated.

Justice Kiage said it was not a popular initiative as claimed by the defence lawyers.

He said everything to do with the Bill was presidential including Gazettement of BBI taskforce members.

"The popular initiative route is not available for the President. It is a preserve of the members of the public and it is out of bounds for the President," the judge said.

On his part, Court of Appeal Justice Kairu Gatembu has agreed with the May 14 decision by the High Court that President Kenyatta can be sued in his official capacity.

While delivering his rulling on Friday, August 20, Gatembu together with Justice Fatuma Sichale shared the same argument and rulling that President Uhuru Kenyatta can be sued in his official capacity.

"The High Court record continued to show that there was no appearance for the first respondent, the president. The President was served via email on 21st December. The president can be sued in his personal capacity during his tenure," Gatembu ruled.

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