Deputy President William Ruto on Tuesday 20 October 2020 took a swipe at Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader during the Mashujaa Day celebrations at the Gusii Stadium.
Speaking to Kenyans who had attended the function, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga urged Kenyans to get ready for the Building Bridges Initiative explaining that the country was ready to change directions.
“BBI reggae was launched here, from here, the BBI train moved to Kakamega, all the way to Meru. When we were going to Nakuru. We, however, encountered a hitch (COVID-19 pandemic). Reggae went on halftime. The players have received a message and they are now back in the field ready for the match. Nobody can stop reggae.”
“For 56 years we have followed one direction, we need to look at what else is there so that project Kenya can move forward,” he said.
DP Ruto who spoke immediately after Raila Odinga differed from the ODM leader stating that the BBI reports must include everyone before any amendment can be adopted.
“Your excellency, because it is a national day, I do not wish to say more, my friend the former prime minister has told us about the reggae which is fine. But I guess we will have a robust national conversation to bring everybody on board,” said Ruto amid applause from the citizens.
President Uhuru Kenyatta took to the podium to caution against political rigidity and the impression that constitutional changes were geared towards awarding certain leaders plum jobs.
He explained that the country’s founding fathers and constitutional heroes did not intend the constitutional order to enslave Kenyans as they constructed it for everyone.
President Uhuru mentioned that the country is staring at a constitutional moment and the national question goes back to the advent of its multi-party system.
He added that the question of “us” versus “them” must come to an end. He noted that as Kenyans exercise their democratic rights, it must never again be at the expense of the country’s diversity.