The Star (Kenya)

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DP Wil­liam Ruto and Kisii Deputy Governor Joash Maangi in Kisii town on Thurs­day. Raila Odinga ad­dresses a meet­ing in Taita Taveta hosted by gov­er­nors Gran­ton Sam­boja and Has­san Joho

- /DPPS AND SOLOMON MUINGI Politics · William Ruto · Raila Odinga · Kenya · Uhuru Kenyatta · Hassan Ali Joho · Taveta · Coast Province

Governor Has­san Joho on Thurs­day told off Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto over his ‘hus­tler’ brand.

Ad­dress­ing a rally in Mwatate in Taita Taveta county, Joho said Coast peo­ple are not hustlers and there­fore the DP should stop mis­lead­ing them.

“It is ab­surd for the Deputy Pres­i­dent to claim to rep­re­sent the poor. Which hus­tler flies across the coun­try with fleets of cars and he­li­copters,” Joho posed point­ing out that Ruto had opted for early cam­paigns.

He ac­cused the DP of be­ing be­hind politi­cians ac­cused of hate-mon­ger­ing.

The rally was led by ODM leader Raila Odinga who said the Build­ing Bridges Ini­tia­tive (BBI) is the only way Kenyans can solve all his­tor­i­cal in­jus­tices.

Raila said the re­port will ad­dress prob­lems oc­ca­sioned by bad gov­er­nance and build a ast­ing unity.

“This re­port is ad­dress­ing nine key prob­lems that the coun­try has faced for years,” he said.

The meet­ing came barely a week af­ter Ruto toured the area, where he dis­missed the BBI as a tool for cer­tain in­di­vid­u­als to get po­si­tions of power in gov­ern­ment.

Ruto, who held a meet­ing with re­li­gious lead­ers in Taveta in what seems to be set­ting the ground for his 2022 pres­i­den­tial bid, said the BBI will not solve all Kenya’s prob­lems as de­picted by its pro­po­nents.

On Thurs­day, Raila de­nied the BBI and ref­er­en­dum are geared to­wards mak­ing him pres­i­dent and Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta a Prime Min­is­ter.

He said the con­sti­tu­tional change will see the sys­tem of gov­er­nance al­tered to en­able the pres­i­dent to ap­point min­is­ters from Par­lia­ment.

“Gov­er­nance is about pol­i­tics. We can­not have Cab­i­net sec­re­taries who are not politi­cians and we ex­pect them to fully un­der­stand what Kenyans are go­ing through,” Raila said.

He asked the Se­nate to drop all the changes in the rev­enue shar­ing for­mula and main­tain the ex­ist­ing shar­ing for­mula. “We want the Se­nate to al­low coun­ties to get al­lo­ca­tions as it was done last year. Once we pass the BBI, al­lo­ca­tion to coun­ties shall be in­creased to at least 30 per cent,” Raila said.

The op­po­si­tion leader ac­cused a sec­tion of se­na­tors of be­ing hell-bent on de­rail­ing im­ple­men­ta­tion of projects in coun­ties through the rev­enue shar­ing im­passe.

He said some se­na­tors had faked ar­rest to avoid tak­ing part in pass­ing of the rev­enue shar­ing bill.

“We have in­for­ma­tion that those who re­ceived bribes to sway the bill had to call the po­lice and fake ar­rest. The ar­rests were fake,” Raila said.

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 ?? /SOLOMON MUINGI ?? Mom­basa Governor Has­san Joho, ODM leader Raila Odinga and Taita Taveta Governor Gran­ton Sam­boja at a rally in Chakareli, Mwatate, on Thurs­day
/SOLOMON MUINGI Mom­basa Governor Has­san Joho, ODM leader Raila Odinga and Taita Taveta Governor Gran­ton Sam­boja at a rally in Chakareli, Mwatate, on Thurs­day

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