Battle lines have been drawn over the recently launched BBI report as allies of William Samoei Ruto and pro handshake members of parliament have clashed over the adoption and contents of the BBI report.
While the mostly Ruto allied camp has called for further consultation and deliberation with the view to amend the BBI report to build consensus with a “focus on the people” , the proponents of the BBI are pushing for the adoption of the BBI report as it is.
ODM Chairman John Mbadi stated ODM would not allow Deputy President William Samoei Ruto and his allies to derail the implementation of the report as Ruto and allies had rejected the process from the beginning.
“The BBI team collected views from Kenyans but DP Ruto and his supporters refused to give theirs. What new thing can he bring to the report after they rejected the initiative?”, Mbadi asked this past Friday.
The Deputy President’s allies have cried foul over what they have termed as the exclusion of anti ‘handshake’ members of parliament in the Naivasha retreat convened to lay a map for the Building Bridges Initiative.
Majority leader of the National Assembly Amos Kimunya however said that the invitation was extended to all members of parliament. The Kipiriri Member of Parliament added that another retreat was in the works ,and that members who had missed the current one would get an opportunity to attend it.
John Mbadi however said that not everyone was invited but only those who support and champion President Uhuru’s agenda.
“We invited the MPs who believe in the BBI process and its report,” said Mbadi.
The deputy president and his allies have lashed out at those seeking to adopt the BBI report as it is, accusing them of instigating a contested referendum in order to “steal money”.
“We know you want to steal our money through the referendum, hawa watu wa no one can stop reggae. Mkiendelea hivyo wakenya watasimamisha hio reggae,” the deputy president said.
In a message delivered in President’s Uhuru backyard , Ruto said that he was rooting for a national conversation that will lead to a consensus in line with the wishes expressed by President Kenyatta at the Bomas of Kenya.
Speaking in Mathira on Saturday, Ruto said that the issues raised in the report can be passed if all Kenyans agree on them without necessarily going to a referendum.
Presidential hopeful Musalia Mudavadi has also called on all leaders for the opening of a window for further all-inclusive consultations on the contents of the report as a way of arriving at a win-win non contested referendum.