The Kikuyu member of parliament Kimani Ichung'wah gestures while making a speech at a past event. [Source/ Courtesy]
The Kikuyu member of parliament Kimani Ichung'wah has spilled beans on why the deputy president Dr William Ruto is being pressured by a section of the political class to reject the Building Bridges Initiative BBI report. Speaking on Sunday on the Kiririmbi Show aired on the Royal Media Services-owned Inooro Television, Mr Ichung'wah said that those keen on pressuring Ruto to reject BBI were doing so as to convince the President Uhuru Kenyatta-led government to release money for campaigns.
"There are criminals surrounding the head of state. Many of them want us to reject the Building Bridges Initiative report so that they can ask for money to do campaigns, " the deputy president Dr William Ruto-backing legislator said on the prime time Kiririmbi Show on Sunday.
Mr Ichung'wah maintained that the Deputy President Dr William Ruto-led group would continue insisting on consensus. He held the view that there was need for more time for all sides to agree on the proposals that should be included in the report. Ichung'wah told those working towards a contested referendum were dividing the country instead of bringing Kenyans together in the spirit of the BBI.
The Kikuyu member of parliament Kimani Ichung'wah gestures while speaking during an interview on the Kiririmbi Show aired on the Royal Media Services-owned Inooro Television. [Source/ SB Mukalo]
The words of the Kikuyu member of parliament come just days after the launch of the collection of signatures was postponed on the last minute. The postponement of the meeting came on the heels of a meeting by the deputy president Dr William Ruto and the Kenyan head of state President Uhuru Kenyatta. A statement by the BBI national secretariat said that the postponement was necessitated by the fact that the Constitution Amendment Bill had yet to be crafted.
Speculation is rife that the postponement was brought on by the issues raised by the deputy president in his meeting with Uhuru.
Deputy President Dr William Ruto speaks to a crowd of his supporters at a past rally in Nyamira county. [Source Courtesy]
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