Jubilee Vice Chairman David Murathe has spoken after a video showing him and former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth being turned away at Bomas of Kenya on Monday, October 27 went round on social media.
Speaking to a local blog, Murathe said the video was taken out of context by his political enemies to make it look like they were sent away from the BBI report launch.
Murathe explained that once President Uhuru Kenyatta entered the venue, all people around the VIP entrance were ordered to clear.
“Just at that moment, the president entered Bomas and everyone was asked to move from the VIP entrance. It was just a security protocol. Once the president arrives no matter who you are, you are required to clear,” he said.
Murathe also dismissed Deputy President William Ruto’s amendments accusing him of making submissions when the report is already finalised.
“Where was he during Bomas one? The task force received suggestions and went back to the people to ratify the same but even then, he did not bother to give his views,” he added.
Murathe also noted that the next step in the BBI process would be collection of signatures from voters to present to the IEBC.
Speaking after receiving the report in Kisii State Lodge on Wednesday, October 21, ODM leader Raila Odinga maintained that they decided to come up with the BBI initiative after lengthy deliberations with Uhuru.
Together, the ODM leader said, they identified problems that have been ailing Kenyans and decided to come up with solutions.
“We decided that we should take steps towards solving these problems not just for ourselves but with interests of this generation and the next. We asked ourselves why we have a new constitution… that time it was 8 years old…yet there are still problems
“So there must be other issues that are making us not enjoy what the founding fathers of our nation wanted. Somehow we don’t have plenty within our borders 56 years after we got independence,” he said.
On his side, Uhuru told off BBI critics urging them to participate leadership rather than creating division when reading the document.
“We are not looking for the things we disagree about. Let us bring that consensus and move forward. I want to plead with my political colleagues that this is not the time to create division. This is the time for each and every person to show leadership,” he said.
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