The Nyeri Town member of parliament Wambugu Ngunjiri has expressed confidence that the deputy president Dr William Ruto would endorse the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI). In a Facebook post on Tuesday, the outspoken legislator held the view that things were changing too fast for the country's second in command not to rally behind the initiative. He said that William Ruto would issue a statement by the end of the week to express his unconditional support for the Building Bridges Initiative, the culmination of the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Orange Democratic Movement party leader Raila Odinga.
I expect Deputy President William Ruto to publicly (& unconditionally) endorse the Constitution Amendment Bill (BBI) in coming days. Maybe even by the weekend.
#Kieleweke, " the Nyeri Town member of parliament Ngunjiri Wambugu wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday.
The Facebook post by the Nyeri Town member of parliament comes as the deputy president continues to send mixed signals on the Building Bridges Initiative. While saying he is not expressly opposed to the initiative, he has demanded that certain changes be made and more time be created for Kenyans to give their views.
A screenshot of the tweet by the Nyeri Town member of parliament Ngunjiri Wambugu. [Source Courtesy]
As he continues to send mixed signals on the BBI, his allies have stated without equivocation that they will not support the initiative. They hold the view that the initiative is a ploy aimed at derailing the presidential ambitions of the deputy president. President Uhuru Kenyatta and his handshake partner Raila Odinga have strongly denied that they intend to use the initiative to secure their political interests.
The Building Bridges Initiative is the culmination of the ceasefire between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga. In 2018 months after tensions of a bitterly contested presidential election, the two protagonists shook hands and vowed to start the process of uniting the country, giving birth to BBI. The handshake caught both their allies and does by surprise with allies of the deputy president accusing Raila of shaking hands with Uhuru with the view of wrecking the governing Jubilee party.
The Kenyan head of state President Uhuru Kenyatta and his handshake partner at the Building Bridges Initiative signature collection launch. [Source State House Kenya]
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