Opposition MPs train guns on Ruto over anti-referendum remarks

DP William Ruto at Chatham House, London on Friday, February 8, 2019.
DP William Ruto at Chatham House, London on Friday, February 8, 2019.

A section of leaders from the Opposition have trained their guns on Deputy President William Ruto following his anti-referendum remarks during the Chatham house address.

MPs Otiende Amollo (ODM) and Godfrey Osotsi (ANC) joined ODM Chairman John Mbadi and Secretary-General Edwin Sifuna in castigating the DP as an “enemy of inclusivity.”

While holding an address at the Chatham House, Ruto appeared to suggest that a referendum, a boundary review and General Election in a span of 5 years was not economically feasible.

Do we have the resources to do the census this year, a boundary review next year, an election in 2022 and a referendum in between? Is it reasonable? Let us put these questions into context,” Ruto said.

Following the DP’s address, Mr. Mbadi said the referendum push was no longer a matter of debate and accused Ruto of being out of touch with the reality in the country.

“Matters of inclusivity are more important than the cost of a referendum. What the DP needs to do is join other Kenyans in fighting graft so that we have enough money for a referendum,” Mbadi said.

Otiende Amollo said Ruto was just opposed to the referendum call and not really the cost.

ODM Secretary-General Sifuna, on his part, claimed that Ruto was opposed to the referendum push because he thrives on  “politics of division.”

“A united country does not quite work with his script because he exploits perceived tribal differences to fuel his campaigns,” Sifuna said in part.

Following the salvo of verbal attacks, Ruto through his spokesperson David Mugonyi said the leaders are free to say anything, adding that Kenya is a democratic country.

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