Respect the president: DP Ruto heckled at Bomas for poking holes in BBI


Respect the president: DP Ruto heckled at Bomas for poking holes in BBI
Deputy President William Ruto at the Bomas of Kenya during the launch of the BBI report. Photo: Courtesy.

Deputy President William Ruto was on Monday heckled by the audience at the Bomas of Kenya where the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) was being launched.

The audience broke into a round of booing after the second-in-command said he would be continuing with the controversial wheel-barrow and Mkokoteni initiative.

During his speech, Ruto addressed youth leader Alex Matere who had earlier in the day, rubbished the initiative, calling it an invention from the 1600 which was out of its depth in the current time.

When he rose to the podium, Ruto addressed the youth leader noting that although invented in the 16th century, a wheelbarrow was still handy to date.

He vowed to continue with the initiative saying it was helpful to the hustlers who are largely forgotten.

The topic audience immediately broke into boos with a majority of those who were picketing, among them legislator Millie Odhiambo shouting “respect the president”.

Earlier during his speech, Ruto whose camp is opposing the BBI report picked a slew of issues with the report which according to him, did not mean well for Kenyans.

Ruto nitpicked the proposition to have IEBC commissioners elected by political parties, saying the election would not be fair as they would be chosen by a few chosen parties.

He gave an example of a football league in which only some teams would be allowed to choose the referee.

At the same time, Ruto said the proposed creation of an independent office of the Judiciary Ombudsman was an affront to the independence of the Judiciary.

On the increase of revenue to 35% from the current 15%, Ruto said it is important to empower the senate to oversight the resources.

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