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Fireworks as Mudavadi Schools DP Over Lukewarm BBI Support

by Robert Mwangi
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Amani National Congress (ANC) party leader Musalia Mudavadi, who has in the past been described as the gentleman of Kenyan politics, has rather uncharacteristically taken on Deputy President William Ruto.

In the past, he has been cautious in his approach to issues, in most cases avoiding confrontational politics, while keen to be the voice of reason in the muddied arena. But Mudavadi has lately been redefining himself.

Shortly after Deputy President Ruto and his allies made more recommendations for inclusion in the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report, Mudavadi turned to his social media platforms to rebuke him.

In a joint press conference with his allies, including Senators and MPs at his official residence at Karen, Nairobi, today, 2nd December, DP Ruto continued to drive his consensus narrative but also proposed that the BBI referendum be held parallel to the 2022 General Election.

The ANC boss lashed out at the Deputy President for making unending demands with the aim of derailing the process.

“Building consensus is key, but time is of the essence. The BBI has timelines that should be adhered to for the country to have a say and move on,” he said in his statement.

The former Deputy Prime Minister accused the DP of fence-sitting on the BBI, leaving his followers in confusion.

In addition, Mudavadi, who is also a former Vice-President, challenged the DP to study how other countries have conducted their referendums before making his unrealistic proposals.

“As a leader, taking Kenyans round in circles without a clear position amounts to a failure to provide effective leadership.

“The suggestion to conduct a multiple-questions referendum is unrealistic. Even in the UK, which has high literacy levels, during the referendum on whether to leave the EU or stay (BREXIT), the choice was simply yes or no. Similarly, our 2010 Constitution was determined by a yes or no decision,” he noted.

Mudavadi had a specific message for him: “Mr Deputy President, kindly reflect.”

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