Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has called on Deputy President William Ruto to stop misusing the youth by giving out handouts.
Speaking in Kisii during the launch of the BBI report Wednesday morning, Raila said the country has several challenges that need consensus on how to solve them.
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“Some people want to behave as if they dropped from heaven. They have been here for years yet they were not able to solve these challenges.”
“Wheelbarrows will not help our people. Don’t pretend to solve issues that you have not identified. Our communities have identified these issues, let’s allow due process and have a conclusive document.”
According to Raila, he and President Uhuru Kenyatta were not crazy to call for Constitution amendment. “We will go to the Assemblies, Parliament and later to the people.”
“We will respect the will of the people when the report will be subjected to public for voting.”
The initiative – the brainchild of President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader, Raila Odinga – was conceived in March 2018 after the famous Handshake between the two leaders that ended months of post-election violence and confrontations that had seen several people killed by the police.
A task force was created to look at nine issues – including ethnic antagonism, corruption and devolution- some of the major issues perceived to be affecting the country since it got its independence.
Last year, the task force laid bare its findings at Bomas of Kenya in Nairobi amid much fanfare.
Some of its key proposals included; Introducing the position of a prime minister, giving counties bigger budgets to implement development schemes, making the cabinet more representative of the nation and intensifying corruption fight.
While the President seems to be rallying Kenyans to support the initiative borne out his handshake with Raila, Deputy President William Ruto has been traversing the country, accompanied by his loyalists criticizing the agenda.