How President Ruto has sneaked in BBI proposals in his leadership strategy
Former Cherangany Member Parliament Kipruto Arap Kirwa has accused President William Ruto of secretly introducing Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) through the back door.
Speaking during an interview on KTN, Kirwa said that President Ruto’s appointments including the appointment of Musalia Mudavadi as the Prime Cabinet Secretary are among the proposals envisioned in the BBI.
“Ruto created the position of Prime Cabinet Secretary without the two deputies and he is now creating positions of assistant ministers calling them Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS),” Kirwa said.
The former lawmaker also said Ruto vowed to amend parliamentary standing orders to enable Cabinet Secretaries to respond to questions on the floor of the House.
“They are saying ministers will be going to parliament to be questioned which takes us to what BBI was saying that a certain proportion of ministers should come from Members of Parliament,” Kirwa said.
In March 2022, The Supreme Court stopped former President Uhuru Kenyatta’s divisive bid to make sweeping constitutional changes through the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), which opponents say was an attempt to widen his powers.
The Supreme Court hammered the final nail on the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) after a majority of the Judges declared the BBI Amendment Bill unconstitutional.
Six out of the seven Judges, CJ Martha Koome, DCJ Philomena Mwilu, Justice Smokin Wanjala, Justice Ibrahim Mohamed, Justice William Ouko and Justice Isaac Lenaola were unanimous that the President can’t initiate constitutional amendments through the popular initiative while Justice Njoki Ndungú dissented.
Now, Kirwa is President Ruto’s biggest critique.
In May 2022, Kipruto Kirwa dumped President William Ruto’s party and joined Raila’s Azimio, saying Ruto’s UDA party is not democratic.
He was elected to represent the Cherangany Constituency in the national assembly of Kenya in the 1990 by-election.
He was re-elected consecutively during the 1992, 1997 and 2002 Kenyan general elections.
He served as a member of parliament at the National Assembly of Kenya for approximately two decades.
In 2002, Kirwa was appointed to serve as the Minister for Agriculture.