Orengo’s Challenge to Ruto on BBI

Siaya Senator James Orengo has dared Deputy President William Ruto to declare his stand on the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).

Orengo, who spoke at the burial Loise Aneko, the wife of the late freedom fighter Achieng Oneko, on Saturday faulted DP Ruto for sending mixed signals on his stand on the BBI.

Siaya Governor James Orengo. He has dared Deputy President William Ruto to declare his stand on the BBI [Photo, Courtesy]
He stated that the Deputy President’s indecision on BBI indicates that he is against the initiative which has the blessings of his boss President Uhuru Kenyatta.

“We want those in the political leadership to declare their stand. I am even asking the Deputy President William Ruto to declare his stand because you cannot be the assistant of President Uhuru Kenyatta and we do not know your stand on BBI” Orengo said.

He also noted that “those who are opposed to what Uhuru and Raila are doing have not proposed an alternative”.

Rarieda Member of Parliament Otiende Omolo termed the criticism of the BBI as premature.

“Anyone who opposes it is like a person refusing an unborn child for having a long nose. How have you measured the nose of the unborn child?” he quipped.

Samuel Atandi, MP for Alego Usonga, asked Rift Valley MPS who are making noise over the BBI to wait for directions from the Head of State.

Jubilee Chairman Raphael Tuju said there is no need for making noise over the report which is yet to be released.

The BBI continues to elicit varied reactions from politicians across the divide.

Last week, 40 MPs from the Mount Kenya region declared they would only support its proposals if it accommodates the interests of the region.

The legislators said they would oppose any attempts to introduce the Presidential system of governance because it will disenfranchise their people.

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