Deputy President William Ruto on Friday criticized severely the ongoing Building Bridges Initiative(BBI) sensitization drive led by Uhuru and Raila in different parts of the country citing waste of public resources in the process.
Speaking during an empowerment programme at Esibakala Primary School in Emuhaya, Vihiga County, the DP said that the initial plan was to have enough copies of the BBI report produced so that every Kenyan can have access to it, read and have a decision on it.
Hence, he could not understand how the plan changed to party leaders being the ones to read for Kenyans and making a decision on their behalf.
“Vihiga residents, do you want the BBI report to be read for you? Do you want a decision to be made for you or not?”
Ruto questioned the residents who in unison replied, ‘no.’
He further explained that he was not in any way resisting or opposing the BBI but rather was concerned with some individuals whom he suspected were out to loot public resources in the name of sensitizing the BBI to the public.
The DP also castigated leaders who opposed BBI and were hiding behind the campaign to sensitize people, urging them to come out clearly and explain what part of the initiative they did not like and what they really want.
Elsewhere, ODM party leader Raila Odinga said the BBI was the only way to take Kenyans to the ‘promised land’.
“BBI is the only bridge to take us to Canaan,” he said.
The ODM leader spoke in Kisii on Friday during the first BBI consultative forum that brought together top politicians.
Raila added that the country will be united by the BBI that was borne out of the handshake between him and President Uhuru Kenyatta on March 9, 2018.
Raila said that there will be more consultative forums across the country to educate locals about what the BBI report contains.