Deputy President William Ruto and Raila Odinga have once again been embroiled in a war of words over the BBI bill, which seeks to amend Kenya’s 2010 Constitution.

Ruto and Raila were at the coast over the weekend, where Raila reiterated the need to pass the BBI bill so as to allocate more funds to counties and serve citizens better by increasing the number of constituencies.

On the other hand, William Ruto maintained his earlier claim that Odinga and the proponents of BBI only aim at creating more positions to serve their needs.

William Ruto and Raila Odinga have locked horns over the BBI bill. President Uhuru Kenyatta (right) and Raila Odinga (Left) have been at the forefront of promoting the planned constitutional amendment Photo: State House/Twitter.
William Ruto and Raila Odinga have locked horns over the BBI bill. President Uhuru Kenyatta (right) and Raila Odinga (Left) have been at the forefront of promoting the planned constitutional amendment Photo: State House/Twitter.

Raila Odinga accused Ruto of opposing the allocation of more funds to counties for his personal benefits.

“They are not interested in services reaching you, they want the money to be controlled in Nairobi for them to loot like they have been doing,”

But since they know they will not have anywhere to steal from, they want to oppose it and peddle lies to you,” Raila said in an indirect reference to Ruto.


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According to Ruto, the BBI report will not help in solving the economic status in the country, but rather a change in the economic model will.

“They have been going around the country for four years doing a process that the court has said was illegal, unconstitutional, null, and void. Why are they insisting on changing the Constitution for their own interest yet the Mwananchi is suffering?” Ruto said during a fundraiser in Lunga Lunga.

He accused Raila Odinga of focusing on the BBI yet Kenyan citizens are suffering as a result of high taxation and increased cost of living.

The renewed discussions on the BBI bill come as the country awaits a ruling from the court of appeal to determine whether the constitutional amendment process will resume or not.