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DP Ruto warns BBI likely to fail just as Ekuru Aukot’s Punguza Mizigo

Deputy President William Ruto has weighed into the debate surrounding the rejection of Punguza Mizigo Bill by County Assemblies.

Ruto said the bill fronted by Ekuru Aukot’s Thirdway Alliance was collapsing because it did not directly involve the  common mwananchi.

He further said the flopping of the bill was a proof it is impossible to change the constitution without involving Kenyans at the grassroots who are the true wielders of power.

In a veiled swipe at the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), the DP said it was impossible for few people ‘sitting in offices and boardrooms’ to change the law without involving Kenyans who would be directly affected by such changes.

Those who want to change the constitution must read and understand from what happened to Punguza Mizigo

That it is no longer possible to avoid common mwananchi in a bid to change the law,” said the DP.

The Punguza Mizigo initiative, a brainchild of Thirdway Alliance leader Ekuru aukot has so far been rejected by at least seven county assemblies, namely West Pokot, Nyamira, Siaya, Kiambu, Kirinyaga, Murang’a and Kisii, with only Uasin Gishu having endorsed the bill.

The DP was speaking at Kidudu Stadium in Vihiga during interdenominational prayer service and Harambee for several churches.

Some critics of the Punguza Mizigo Bill have slammed it for undercutting representation.

Among its other highlights include capping of monthly salaries of elected leaders to a maximum pay of KSh500,000 for the president and KSh 300,000 for MPs.

Also, the bill increase counties’ share of national revenue from 15% to at least 35%.

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