Injendi claims he was duped to meet Raila over BBI


DP William Ruto with Malava MP Moses Injendi at his home on December 18, 2020. PHOTO | DPPS
DP William Ruto with Malava MP Moses Injendi at his home on December 18, 2020. PHOTO | DPPS

Malava MP Moses Injendi has apologised to his constituents for the recent move to support proponents of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) claiming he was misled.

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“I don’t know what really happened. I only found myself standing with former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya. I am not for reggae and I sincerely apologize to my constituents over the move I took then. Am now back home,” said Mr Injendi.

He added: “I want to tell Raila Odinga that I didn’t intend to meet him. It was Mr Oparanya who misled me. I refuse to be associated with issues to do with reggae.”

The Malava MP was speaking during a meeting with DP William Ruto and other area leaders at his home in Malava, Kakamega County on Friday.

On his part, Dr. Ruto urged proponents of the BBI to provide Kenyans with copies of the report to enable them make informed decisions.

According to him, many Kenyans had not received copies of the report yet they are expected to read and contribute in amending it.

“Before telling Kenyans to support or reject the document, they should first be given copies of the report so that they can read and understand it before making their decisions,” said Dr Ruto.

“Why are Kenyans being told to prepare to vote Yes or No on a document that they have not seen or read?” he posed.

He alleged that there is a scheme by some leaders to undermine the intelligence and capacity of Kenyans to make informed decisions by denying them copies of the BBI report.

Dr Ruto said it was hypocrisy for some leaders to ask Kenyans to make decisions on a document they have not read.

The Deputy President wondered why some leaders were being arrogant on matters pertaining to BBI.

He said Kenyans have a right to be given time to read and understand the document before making their decisions.

Dr. Ruto insisted that the process of amending the Constitution should involve all Kenyans and not just a few.

He said issues affecting majority of Kenyans should be the priority of BBI, noting that creation of positions for some few leaders was now dominating debate about BBI.

“The economics of this country is about top to bottom. But what we are saying is that it should now be from bottom to the top so as to benefit majority of Kenyans including those using wheelbarrows,” said Dr Ruto.

Dp William Ruto with MP Malulu Injendi; MPs Didmus Barasa (Kimilili); Ben Washiali (Mumias East), Dan Wanyama (Webuye West), Charles Gimose (Hamisi) and Boni Khalwale (former Kakamega Senator)

Present were MPs Benjamin Washiali (Mumias East), Didmus Barasa (Kimilili), Charles Gemose (Hamisi), Dan Wanyama (Webuye West) and former Kakamega Senator Bonny Khalwale.

At the same time, Dr Ruto urged leaders to stop dividing Kenyans on political and tribal backgrounds.

He said leaders should instead address issues affecting Kenyans irrespective of their political and ethnic affiliations.

Dr Ruto said political competition was about issues affecting Kenyans and not about ‘this tribe verses that tribe or this political party verses that political party’.

“Some people want to compete with me yet they don’t understand problems facing Kenyans. Some have even never set foot in a place like this (Malava) yet they keep on criticising my meet-the-people tours to look for ways of addressing problem affecting them,” said the Deputy President.

The MPs asked residents of the Luhya community to reject the BBI report if it doesn’t address the problems facing them especially in the agricultural sector.

Mr Barasa said Kenyans should not be duped that BBI had the capacity to create more constituencies for them.

He said the Constitution was clear on the role of Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) on matters to do with creation of new constituencies.

“It is the work of IEBC to determine when and where to create new constituencies,” said Mr Barasa.

Mr Washiali said some leaders in Western Kenya were supporting BBI for selfish reasons, noting that the Luhya community has nothing to gain from the report.

Dr Khalwale wondered why ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi was concentrating on Luhya politics instead of focusing on national politics.

“If Mudavadi wants to be a national leader, he should stop campaigning for political seats within Luhya land. He should campaign for his party to capture seats outside Western region,” said Mr Khalwale.

The leaders said they would rally their community to support Dr Ruto for presidency in 2022, adding that his development track record was clear from the time he was Agriculture minister.

“It is only the leadership of Dr Ruto that can address the problems facing our sugarcane sector as he demonstrated during his reign as Agriculture minister,” said Mr Injendi.

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