DP Ruto Lieutenants Change Tune, Pledge Support for BBI

In a rare change of tune, Deputy President William Ruto’s lieutenants have changed the tune to throw their weight behind the recommendations by the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) task-force.

Making a brief comment of his Twitter handle, senate majority leader Senator Kipchumba Murkomen wrote the words. “So far, so good. Twende kazi.”

Parliament Majority leader Aden Duale (left) Senate Majority leader Kipchuma Murkomen (centre) and DP William Ruto. PHOTO: Courtesy

This was after DP Ruto joined President Kenyatta and Raila Odinga at State House to receive the recommendations from the task-force formed in March 2018.

While the report is set to be released to members of the public on Wednesday, its contents have leaked to the media.

In a distinct departure from speculations of a pure Parliamentary system, the report, according to Citizen TV, has proposed a powerful President who will appoint a Prime Minister from among the elected members of Parliament to be the leader of Government business in the house.

Ainabkoi MP William Chepkut would also wade into the discussion remarking that DP Ruto stands a chance of becoming the powerful Prime Minister in charge of the day-to-day running of Government business.

“What if William Ruto pulls a surprise and says yes to BBI? He equally stands a bigger chance of becoming the “Powerful Prime Minister”, since he has got numbers in the August House. Mine is What If?” wrote Chepkut.

On his part, Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa flatly supported the recommendations contained in the BBI report noting that the issues canvassed evaded a divisive referendum.

“Since they have ceded to our demands and avoided the Tsunami that could have washed away the bridges that H.E Uhuru Kenyatta and DP Ruto have built since 2013,” Barasa wrote.

Notably, the report has also introduced a new system where the first runners-up in the General Elections gets automatically nominated to Parliament where s/he forms the official Opposition complete with a shadow cabinet.

In the new arrangement, the President will have to consult with the Prime Minister to appoint Cabinet Ministers from either within or without Parliament.

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