The Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) secretary general Francis Atwoli gestures while making a point at a past press conference. [Source Courtesy]
COTU secretary general Francis Atwoli has clapped back at the deputy president Dr William Ruto over the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI). Speaking on Wednesday in a prime time interview that was streamed on the government-owned Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC), Mr Atwoli lashed out at Ruto for misleading the Kenyan people about the initiative. He said contrary to the DP's contentious that BBI was all about creating positions for certain individuals at the expense of Kenyans, the initiative was aimed at improving the lot of the masses.
"The deputy president is celebrating the ruling, saying that BBI was about creating positions for some people. That is a lie. He is not talking about the ward fund that would have brought money closer to those at the grassroots. BBI had the well-being of the Kenyan people at heart and that is why some of us were pushing for it, " the COTU secretary general Francis Atwoli said on Wednesday when he graced a prime time television show on KBC.
The deputy president Dr William Ruto gestures while making a speech at a past function. [Source Courtesy]
William Ruto welcomed the Court of Appeal ruling that found the BBI to be illegal. He hailed the ruling as the result of God's doing in the face of an attempt to mutilate the constitution. Mr Ruto said that the ruling would now help the country focus on important issues.
It remains unclear whether the proponents of the initiative will go to the Supreme Court to challenge the Court of Appeal ruling. In an interview with editors drawn from various media stations, the head of state that consultations were ongoing with a view of determining the course of action to take.
The Kenyan head of state President Uhuru Kenyatta gestures while making a speech at a past function. [Source Courtesy]
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