Deputy President William Ruto on Monday 14 September 2020 rubbished the reports claiming that President Uhuru Kenyatta is looking to extend his term beyond 2022 through the Building Bridges Initiatives (BBI).
While speaking at his residence in Karen where he hosted former Amani National Congress ANC official Eluid Owalo among other leaders, the DP refuted the claims using the popular phrase “Wewe uliskia wapi?” from Tanzanian Member of Parliament Seleman Bungara.
“We are finding all manners of cards flying. At one point we are being told we need another layer of government, another layer of democracy. Another moment some people are telling us that it is about the extension of terms. The question you ask, my boss President Uhuru Kenyatta is a democrat. I don’t think President Uhuru Kenyatta has told anybody that he wants his term extended.”
“So where are these people finding all this? I would dare ask ulisikia wapi ati Rais Uhuru Kenyatta anataka term yake isongoeshwe. Wewe ambaye unatupatia hiyo story ulisikia wapi?,” he said.
DP Ruto’s statement comes after it was reported that the Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) Secretary-General Francis Atwoli had claimed that President Uhuru Kenyatta would be able to extend his term after the BBI referendum.
However, Atwoli came out strongly to deny the reports stating that he was misreported as he only expressed his support towards the BBI.
Ruto also took the time to call out those who were supporting BBI stating that it should be progressive and inclusive instead of being a tool abused by leaders to bring division, hate, and ethnic animosity.
“The Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) needs to be progressive, advancing our common purposes and expanding opportunity for all. It should appreciate our diversity and help build a stronger economy to move Kenyans out of poverty and unemployment.”
“It should be a unifying and people-centered document rather than a political tool that is in defiance of the spirit of inclusivity, abused by some leaders to breed division, hate, and ethnic animosity,” Ruto said.
— William Samoei Ruto, PhD (@WilliamsRuto) September 14, 2020