DP Ruto changes tune on amended BBI report


DP Ruto changes tune on amended BBI report
File image of Deputy President William Ruto during a past event. PHOTO| COURTESY

Three days into the collection of a million signatures to set off the referendum process, Deputy President William Ruto has changed tune, giving the bill a green-light.

DP Ruto has told his supporters that the hustlers nation economics, including those of the pastoralists have been factored in the amended version of the draft 2020 referendum bill.

He has gone further to assure coffee and small scale farmers on guaranteed minimum returns in the amended BBI report.

According to Ruto, the report reflects a bottom up economics and not trickle down economics.

His latest shift in stance signals the clearest indication of a closing of ranks between DP Ruto and proponents of the BBI report

Dr. Ruto has been an advocate of a win-win situation with proponents of the BBI drive daring the DP’s camp to a duel.

The second-in-command’s apparent change of tune comes on a day the nationwide signature collection exercise kicked off in Nairobi.

Nominated MP Maina Kamanda launched the exercise in Kibra constituency exuding confidence of amassing the requisite signatures to kick off the referendum exercise

In Kiambu County,  Governor James Nyoro launched the collection of signatures towards the BBI report.

He said they will deploy ward representatives to collect the signature from the villages to ensure the populous county clocks a million signatures

In Nyeri County, divisions rocked the process with a split among the leadership over the exercise.

A section of leaders demanded for more representative seats in the county to back the process.

Nyeri County does not benefit from the additional 70 constituencies created by the BBI report

Meanwhile, the previous provision in the BBI report on the establishment of a special status for Nairobi County has been shelved.

The initial report had proposed that roads, health, transport and disaster-related functions remain under the National Government. 

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko surrendered the functions to the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS).

Following the changes, it would mean that the next Governor of Nairobi will assume full functions as provided by the law after the NMS term ends.

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