Kenyans will have the final say on BBI – DP. Ruto

Deputy President William Ruto has urged Kenyans to be sober while engaging in the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) debate.

He said leaders should not threaten or intimidate Kenyans.

Dr Ruto said Kenyans would have a final say on the BBI report that is set to be handed over to President Uhuru Kenyatta next Tuesday.

Speaking in Laikipia and Tharaka Nithi Counties on Saturday, the Deputy President said opinions of all Kenyans irrespective of their status matter and would be respected.

“The debate should be done soberly and peacefully with no threats, propaganda or intimidations. What we know in Jubilee Party is that every opinion counts and must be respected,” said Dr Ruto.

He went on: “No one should look down upon Kenyans because of their status in the society.”

The Deputy President asked leaders not to use the report to divide Kenyans on tribal or political affiliations.

He said the report offers Kenyans a unique opportunity to discuss ways to address challenges facing the country.

“When the report is out, all Kenyans will have the opportunity to read and give opinion on what they think is good for the country with the aim of finding solutions to our problems,” said Dr Ruto.

He spoke during Ngobit Ward women groups empowerment programme at Makutano Shalom grounds in Ngobit, Laikipia County.

He also addressed wananchi during the official opening of the Muraga TTI, inspection and flagging off-the Chogoria-weru-Marima-Muraga-Kiriani road and the Kariakomo Catholic Church Women Empowerment programme in Mara, Tharaka Nithi County.

Present were MPs Catherine Waruguru (Women Rep, Laikipia), Kwenya Thuku (Kinangop), Rigathi Gachagua (Mathira), Patrick Mariru (Laikipia West), Kareke Mbiuki (Maara), Joyce Korir (Women Rep, Bomet) and Patrick Munene (Chuka/Igamba N’gombe).

Others were Kubai Iringo (Igembe Central), Jane Chebaibai (Women Rep, Elgeyo Marakwet) and Mary Wamaua (Maragua).

Mr Gachagua asked Opposition leader Raila Odinga to stop threatening Kenyans who do not agree with him over matters to do with BBI.

He asked Mr Odinga to emulate President Kenyatta who said every Kenyan will be given a chance to read and give their opinion on the reports recommends.

Mr Gachagua said: “We have realized that there are two reports, that of President Kenyatta of uniting Kenyans and that of Raila Odinga that threatens to sweep away those who oppose it like a ‘Tsunami.”

Mr Mariru and Mr Iringo noted that President Kenyatta was committed to uniting Kenyans while Mr Odinga, on the other hand, was preaching hatred and division.

He said: “Our President is committed to bringing Kenyans together but when you hear of Tsunami talk, you feel threatened.”

“We want to make it clear that we will only support BBI if its report seeks to solve the problems facing our coffee, dairy and tea farmers among others. But if it’s about creation of jobs for some few people, we will reject it,” said Mr Iringo.

Ms Waruguru told opposition leaders to stop threats.

She asked those pushing for the adoption of the report to seek the support of Kenyans through consensus.

MPs Korir, Wamaua, and Nkatha said Kenyans should be given the opportunity to read and give their opinion peacefully.

“We want a situation where every Kenyan is given an opportunity to go through the report and give their own opinion without undue influence,” said Wamaua.

They said Kenyans would not be party to any report that aims to burden them further, noting that the creation of the 47 counties has taken care of issues to do with inclusivity.

“As people of Mt Kenya, we are going to support BBI report if it addresses challenges facing Kenyans. But any attempt to create jobs for three or four people would be met with stiff resistance,” said Mr Mbiuki.