Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto has scorned the Building Bridges Initiative BBI process saying that it has wasted the Jubilee government’s four years of progress.
Speaking at his Karen residence on Wednesday, August 18, the second in command said that the handshake between Uhuru and ODM leader Raila Odinga has killed Kenya’s most vibrant opposition which used to put the government on toes.
The former Eldoret North MP, who was speaking when he hosted more than 600 political aspirants from Nairobi County, further said that the handshake which culminated into the BBI has destroyed the ruling party and sabotaged the Big Four agenda.
“We lost four years as a nation chasing the wind called BBI. Today, we are net losers…now we have even lost this charade called BBI process. Kenya has lost four precious years which should have been used to do something meaningful,” William Ruto said.
This comes as the country awaits the Court of Appeal’s judgment on the fate of BBI which had been termed unconstitutional by the High Court.
The High Court on Thursday, May 13, declared the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill 2020 unconstitutional, illegal null, and void despite being overwhelmingly passed by both Houses of Parliament.
After the court slammed brakes on BBI reggae, opposers of the BBI criticised President Uhuru Kenyatta for pumping billions of taxpayers’ money into promoting the bill,cash that would have been used in development projects.
In June city lawyer Morara Omoke in a petition filed at the Court of Appeal demanded President Uhuru Kenyatta to personally refund to the National Treasury the billions of shillings used in popularizing the bill.
“A huge amount of public funds was used including a KSh 4 billion car grant to Members of County Assemblies that had been utilized by the president in the promotion of the Constitutional amendments through the BBI,” Morara said.