Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Coalition Party Leader Raila Odinga has rejected President William Ruto’s proposal of creation of Office of Opposition Government.
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Raila Odinga says Ruto is taking credit of BBI proposals of which he opposed to the last minute.
“Mr Ruto’s memorandum presents proposals without recognizing the fact that BBI reports, which are official government documents, contain all those proposals coupled with the rationale on why they had been deemed necessary by the people of Kenya”, Raila Odinga said.
The Former Prime Minister maintains that Ruto should give credit to the BBI taskforce instead sneaking in the proposals to parliament.
“Instead, Mr. Ruto has appropriated the views of these people and speaks of the proposals as his own. But further than that, in making these proposals, he falls foul of the same demands he made and used to lead the challenge against BBI”, Mr. Odinga opined.
During the BBI, Mr Ruto demanded:
1. That a president cannot initiate constitutional amendments.
2. That amendments must start with the people.
3. That the process of amendment be people driven.
4. That amendments must chiefly centre on the interests of the common man.
“Had Mr. Ruto been honest on BBI, everything he has suggested in his memorandum would be law today”, Raila adds
Raila says that Ruto’s memorandum to parliament can’t work out as it has not followed due process
“However, they can’t be presented as he has done nor processed through the procedure he is prescribing. He must comply with the same imperatives that he demanded during BBI”, Mr.Odinga adds
Ruto through a memorandum to parliament proposed the creation of Office Opposition government to help in holding the government accountable.
Kenya system of government is that of the winner take it all. President William Ruto was elected by 7.1 million Kenyans against Raila’s 6.9 million.
The creation of Office of Opposition government is ideal as the poll losers will feel they are part of government.