Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria on Monday warned President Uhuru Kenyatta over any attempt to ignore Deputy President William Ruto in the BBI processes.
Taking to his social media accounts to respond to President Uhuru’s state of the nation address, Kuria noted that the BBI end product would be as good as dead on arrival if DP Ruto is not a party to it.
Kuria not only demanded Ruto’s involvement but respect him as a person and his office.
“On the BBI and the enabling political environment, the measures announced are very much welcome.
“The only additional input is to advise all and sundry that for BBI to work, the involvement, active participation and respect for the Deputy President William Ruto is not a ‘Nice to Have’; It is a ‘Must Have’.
“It is not an option. It is imperative. Otherwise, the BBI will be dead on arrival,” wrote Kuria on Facebook.
Regarding the revival of the economy including addressing milk and cash crop production, Kuria said:
“I urge H.E the President to impose 45% VAT on all milk and milk products from Uganda to protect the Kenyan farmer.
“On Coffee, the operationalization of the Cherry Advance is a positive development. The domiciling of the cooperatives sector within the Agriculture Ministry will go a long way to reduce the hand-offs and bureaucracies in the coffee sector.
“On tea, the emphasis on KTDA reform and measures to stop haphazard tea hawking are noted. However the complete zero-rating of all local teas is what will see our export of value-added branded teas go up to 90%,” he wrote.
The remarks by Kuria comes in the wake of political tension brought about by the BBI course with leaders allied to DP Ruto and those allied to ODM and Kieleweke political faction of the Jubilee party engaging in a war of words on a day to day basis.
DP Ruto’s allies have opposed the ongoing BBI consultative forums terming it a political rally aimed at charting the way forward to the 2022 political matrix.
On Sunday, the DP slammed the BBI consultative meeting in Kisii labelling it a waste of public funds and resources.
Ruto added that if the BBI processes are about the 2022 politics, he and his supporters will have no option but to abandon the course.
But even as the DP and his allies oppose consultative rallies linked to BBI, another rally has been scheduled in Kakamega on Friday.
The event is set to be attended by key leaders in the ODM party including its leader Raila Odinga.