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Kenya’s Deputy President Ruto Under Fire Over Referendum

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Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto has come under fire for playing games aimed at postponing the planned referendum.

National Assembly Minority Leader John Mbadi said Ruto, “should be reminded that even the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) complained that voting for six positions in one election is not very desirable, it is cumbersome and complex.”

Ruto and his Tanga Tanga brigade have been traversing the country mobilizing Kenyans to shun the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) saying the document needs to be cleaned properly before it can be adopted.

Ruto held a press conference on Wednesday accompanied leaders loyal to him who questioned the urgency of holding the referendum a few months to the 2022 General Election.

According to the Ruto camp the planned referendum can be held alongside the elections, and urged the government to spend the referendum funds on “more urgent issues like the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“The Deputy President needs to understand his position, it is God who has given him that position and he needs to use it responsibly. Where we are as a country, I do not think that he needs to polarize us because in his mind his objective is to become the next president,” Mbadi said.

And according to Mbadi, DP Ruto had disengaged himself from making his contribution to the BBI exercise since it’s launch by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his handshake partner Raila Odinga.

“My view is that he has never shown any responsibility,” he said.

Ruto has drawn a battle line, vowing to push further amendments in the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) even as its proponents declared the train has left the station.

 

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