Deputy President William Ruto’s allies are spoiling for a fight. The politicians have dared President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition chief Raila Odinga to a referendum duel.
The tanga tanga warned that they have the wherewithal to mount a massive campaign against the public vote which they claimed is “predicated on selfish political interests.
“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.
“This referendum is about people creating positions for themselves so that they can continue to rule the country forever. Let me say that Kenyans are not ready for a referendum and will reject it,” Sudi said.
While Ruto’s team has launched a scathing attack at the Yusuf Haji-led team, alleging that it never collected views from all Kenyans as they were holding meetings in top hotels- the general of Tanga tanga has himself said the proponents of the plebiscite were not “objective, genuine, truthful and honest.” He further claims they want to scuttle the President’s Big 4 agenda.
“The Jubilee administration will not be distracted from delivering on our manifesto and H.E.’s (His Excellency’s) Big 4 plan by those engaged in the raging debate on Punguza Mizigo, BBI or 2022,” Ruto said in a tweet on Sunday morning.
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