Nyeri MP Ngunjiri Wambugu has said the collapse of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) bill 2020 could negatively affect Deputy President William Ruto’s 2022 State House bid.
Ngunjiri, an ardent defender of President Uhuru Kenyatta in a Facebook post seen by Kivumbi.co.ke said the collapse of the constitutional amendment process means that leadership positions have been reduced, leaving Ruto with only one executive position, making it difficult for him to promise his allies anything.
“The collapse of BBI means that (William) Ruto now has only one executive post to negotiate with for political support from other regions,
“This is because if he offers Mt Kenya the Deputy President position he will lose all his other allies from other regions, as they will rebel against the historical significance of another Kalenjin/Kikuyu ticket,” Nyeri MP said.
He argues that Ruto who analysts claim has achieved great support from the vote-rich Mt Kenya region would likely lose a significant portion of the votes which are currently with him should he deny them the Deputy President slot
According to Ngunjiri, any other presidential aspirant who will offer the GEMA community the DP slot will get huge support from the mountain, something that would easily lock out Ruto from ascending to power.
“Ruto needs a large portion of the Mt Kenya vote to win. Meanwhile whoever and I mean whoever offers number two to Mt Kenya if Ruto doesn’t will get a large portion of what Ruto will lose,” he added.
On Friday, August 20, the Court of Appeal upheld a ruling by the Kenyan High Court that declared the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) constitutional amendments unconstitutional.
The BBI bill, which sought to amend the Kenyan Constitution 2010 was halted by seven judges Daniel Musinga, Fatuma Sichale, Gatembu Kairu, Hannah Okwengu, Roselyn Nambuye, Patrick Kiage, and Francis Tuiyott.