Ruto Faces His Demons! DP Ruto Attends BBI Launch At Bomas
Oct. 26, 2020
Uncertainties had surrounded the question whether Deputy President William Ruto would attend the official launch of the BBI report that took place on Monday 26th October at the Bomas of Kenya especially since he missed the event where the President and ODM leader Raila Odinga were receiving the report at the Kisii State Lodge on Wednesday 21st October.
However, the DP faced his demons and cleared the speculations after he attended the launch at the Bomas of Kenya.
There is no way to hide Deputy President William Ruto’s reservations about the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) document.
During the BBI launch at Bomas of Kenya in November 2019, Ruto's body language and demeanor exposed the inner turmoil and made clear the misgivings that he had over the document even before he had uttered a word.
Ruto sat at his usual spot beside President Uhuru Kenyatta but was at the edge of his seat, leaning as far away from the Head of State as he could.
While President Kenyatta was jaunty, laughing almost nonchalantly and slapping his thighs at a joke that Suna MP Junet Mohamed made, Ruto's expression was dark and searching, like a man out of place. He did not find anything funny in Junet making fun of his predicament at Jubilee Party.
Moments earlier, his ally, Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, was booed for going against the script at the event and speaking against a perceived sidelining of leaders with anti-BBI sentiments.
The programme, which was being run by Junet, had expressly left out speakers who were assumed to be skeptical of the document.
"This programme has been skewed to leave other people with different opinions from saying what they want to say...," Murkomen said. He broke off mid-sentence as boos and jeers from the crowd rose.
When he rose to speak, Ruto recognized the bravery of Uhuru and ODM leader Raila Odinga in bringing the country to a table of conversation.
His concern, however, was that the document could be used to create positions and to share power among the political elite. "We must be careful that this process is not hijacked by the political class," Ruto said.
Since then, the DP has been portrayed as the quintessential antagonist of the BBI drive.
Yet on Monday 26th October Ruto found himself in the same position he was on November 26. Ruto arrived at the venue at around 10.30 am after Raila had arrived.
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday arrived at the Bomas of Kenya some minutes to 11 am.
Uhuru was received by his deputy William Ruto, Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka, Interior CS Fred Matiangi and ODM party leader Raila Odinga.
Many other leaders, among them governors Alfred Mutua (Machakos), Anne Waiguru (Kirinyaga), Francis Kimemia (Laikipia), and Cabinet Secretaries, trooped to Bomas early Monday morning for the BBI report launch.
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