- The DP should have been the last person to talk about the dark past. Why? He was a powerful political player and operative in President Daniel Arap Moi’s government that was the brain behind the system, and it fully embraced it.
- Well, we know the DP is harboring burning ambitions to succeed President Uhuru. So, he is merely using that card to hunt for votes.
- As a born-again Christian, I was surprised when I heard him invoking the name of God to justify the ‘death of BBI’. The Holy Book, Bible, teaches that nobody can read and interpret God’s mind, not even his son Jesus Christ. When you do this, I doubt you are living by the Word.
A few days ago, Deputy President William Ruto revisited debate on the fate that befell the Building Bridges Initiative [BBI constitutional amendment Bill. He stated that he was not ashamed to say this was the Will of God. They wanted to create an imperial presidency and return Kenya to dark days. God intervened and thwarted their plans. He spoke at a time when the religious leaders had offered to reconcile him with President Kenyatta. Did this confirm he did not believe in these talks?
The DP left no doubt he had removed his gloves in the battle with his boss. The President and his ‘handshake’ partner Raila Odinga of ODM had initiated the BBI process. This, however, did not mean they were out to impose their views on Kenyans.
The unity deal was anchored on a nine-point of shared objectives and Kenyans were given an opportunity to discuss them and thereafter present their views and memoranda. The 14-member taskforce set up to conduct public hearings harmonized these proposals and prepared the final draft Bill.
Well, one of the concerns raised by the judges of the High Court and Appellate Court, who stopped the BBI reggae, stood as; the process had not met the requisite threshold of public sensitization and participation.
I respect the decisions of the court but, in the same breath, I am allowed to make my observations on the verdicts rendered. I have never heard any law that sets the criteria for public participation. This is in terms of the number of the people that should turn up.
In submissions, BBI taskforce noted that 7,000 Kenyans had presented their views. Some of them represented the diverse organizations and groupings of non-state and state. The Judicial Service Commission [JSC] was one of them.
It is also worth noting the promoters led by MP Junet Mohamed and former MP Denis Waweru had collected 4 million signatures. But in Judges’ views, these numbers did not represent the voice of the people. So, a time has come for parliament to legislate on this matter.
To me, the people who participated in public hearings understood the history of our country very well. Therefore, you would not expect them to present proposals to revert to imperial presidency.
The DP should have been the last person to talk about the dark past. Why? He was a powerful political player and operative in President Daniel Arap Moi’s government that was the brain behind the system, and it fully embraced it.
Well, we know the DP is harboring burning ambitions to succeed President Uhuru. So, he is merely using that card to hunt for votes.
As a born again Christian, I was surprised when I heard him invoking the name of God to justify the ‘death of BBI’. The Holy Book, Bible, teaches that nobody can read and interpret God’s mind, not even his son Jesus Christ. When you do this, I doubt you are living by the Word.
Remember the millions of Kenyans who supported the BBI Bill were also created by God. DP, where do you put them? God works in miraculous ways. You may think that you have succeeded today, but you don’t know what will happen tomorrow.
For two years, the DP had rallied his supporters to shoot down the BBI during the referendum. Though the document contained 75 proposals, he only cited the proposal to create the position of Prime Minister and two deputies. These people only want to create seats for election losers and their cronies. The taxpayer will carry this burden.
We recall that Ruto was a chief campaigner of ODM leader Raila Odinga in 2007. If Raila could have won the election, he was poised to become a Prime Minister. What has changed now?
In 2010, he was in the ‘NO’ camp that campaigned against the current constitution. Today, he has become a staunch defender of this constitution.
Back to the BBI process, he changed the tack when he was invited to attend the 1st and 2nd validation conferences at the Boma of Kenya. He has stood his ground that the three proposals he cited would return Kenya to imperial presidency. I disagree. Many Kenyans want ministers to be appointed from parliament; the Office of Judiciary Ombudsman created and National Police Service be fast tracked.
Joseph Mutua Ndonga is a Political Analyst and Blogger Based in Nairobi