After suffering numerous setbacks in most counties in his bid to pass the Punguza Mizigo Initiative bill, Thirdway Alliance party leader, Ekuru Aukot, has hit out on critics led by Deputy President William Ruto.
Aukot accused Ruto claiming that the latest debate by some politicians that the Bill has been rejected by Kenyans is pure malice.
He observed that it was not yet time to insinuate about the bill, adding that it had only been discussed in seven out of the 47 counties in the country.
“It is obviously a big lie to insinuate that the Bill has hit a dead end as claimed recently by the Mr Ruto,” expressed Aukot.
He accused Ruto adding that it was so wrong for a leader of his calibre to be spreading lies that the bill had flopped when it was yet to be presented in most counties.
“We are shocked that a small group of insensitive leaders are out there lying in broad daylight and making wrong assumptions on this pro-people initiative,” Aukot added.
Aukot accused some leaders who he claimed had threatened most of the county MCAs against passing the bill. According to the lawyer, the leaders had threatened to sack some of the nominated MCAs in case they support the bill.
He called on the MCAs from the remaining counties to debate on the bill without allowing intimidations, expressing confidence that the bill was going to benefit all Kenyans.
The former presidential candidate was reacting to Ruto’s remarks over the weekend.
While speaking on Sunday during his tour visit to Vihiga County, the DP warned those trying to change the constitution through the Building Bridges Initiative, BBI.
According to Ruto, BBI was likely to flop, saying the politicians should learn from Aukot’s Punguza Mizigo Bill that had so far received resistance from many county assemblies.
Ruto claimed the collapse of the bill had been occasioned by a section of people sitting alone in an isolated place and thinking they could come up with something that all Kenyans will support.
So far, only Uasin Gishu county has supported and passed Aukot’s bill. The bill requires atleast 24 counties to pass it for it to see the light of the day.