The Star (Kenya)
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
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.