DP President on Wednesday took to Twitter to tell the media to leave him alone, regarding the expose that his allies are plotting against the Uhuru-Raila referendum. Even though a number of his allies are on record saying they are going to fight draft proposals of the Building Bridges Initiative, which is likely to propose an expanded executive, Ruto is now distancing himself from contents of the stories saying they are all fake news.
Ruto has been on a collision path with those seeking to ammend the constitution, saying the intentions of taking the country to a plebiscite is by selfish individuals who have lost elections, and want to get in power through the back door. A number of Tanga Tanga MPs are on record saying they will oppose the referendum.
“We don’t fear a referendum at all. Let them bring it on,” said Soy MP Caleb Kositany, one of the few politicians in Ruto’s coterie. “At the end of the day, we will respect the decision of the majority of Kenyans. Let us meet at the ballot.”
Kandara’s Alice Wahome said Kenyans who voted for Uhuru and Ruto in 2017 are intact and would reject the plebiscite, despite Uhuru joining “the official opposition.”
“We haven’t crossed over and we haven’t changed our minds. We keep promises,” Wahome stated.She claimed that President Kenyatta and Raila might as well have hatched a plot to destroy Ruto’s 2022 presidential ambitions.
“Nobody fears a referendum at all. What we are opposed to is a referendum that seeks to enable a few people to get power. We already know, for example, who wants to be Prime Minister and the two deputies,” she said.
The controversial MP, however, reminded Uhuru that the Ruto allies were not about to abandon the DP.The warning shot from the DP’s brigade is the clearest signal that Ruto is ready to face his boss head on.
However, the odds are likely to work against him since the country’s political bigwigs have closed ranks to support constitutional change.In the Uhuru-Raila axis are political heavyweights Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), Musalia Mudavadi (ANC), Moses Wetang’ula (Ford Kenya), Gideon Moi (Kanu) and Isaac Rutto (CCM).
The DP’s political gadfly and foot soldier Aden Duale has tactfully changed his tune. He now says to all and sundry he supports a parliamentary system which only months ago he declared could not work in Kenya.
“This is my position and I intend to convince the President and the Deputy President that this is the best way to go in order to have a stable country with reduced ethnic tensions,” Duale said.
Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro claims the referendum being pushed is meant to achieve “narrow political gains for a few rich individuals.”
“This is a very unpopular referendum because it doesn’t seek to address the problems Kenyans are facing. We will fight to the end against a referendum that creates jobs for a few people,” the vocal lawmaker said.
Kapseret’s Oscar Sudi said the referendum push is driven by only two people – Uhuru and Raila – with the aim of creating positions for themselves after the 2022 polls.