Deputy President (DP) William Ruto now says that the country should redirect its focus on neccesary issues at hand, after the High Court on Thursday blocked the BBI process.
DP Ruto says that the government should now focus on administering COVID-19 vaccine to Kenyans, hatching economic recovery plan and the Big Four Agenda.
In what is seen as Ruto lauding the judiciary for upholding the rule of law, he said that Kenya’s democracy is one that is anchored on Constitutionalism.
“Our DEMOCRACY is anchored on the RULE of LAW, CONSTITUTIONALISM, SEPARATION of power and RESPECT for independent institutions.All PATRIOTIC citizen must DEFEND these tenets just like JUDICIARY did. Now let’s focus on covid VACCINATION, economic RECOVERY, the big4 and stay UNITED,” says DP Ruto.
DP Ruto: BBI not a priority
Ruto has on numerous occasions reiterated that the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2020, popularly known as BBI, should not be a priority owing to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
“The challenges we have as a nation today is that we have priorities that are not aligned properly. We have a serious situation that requires the input of every citizen and leader and we must agree on which priority comes first,” Ruto said during Senator Mutula Kilonzo’s uncle’s burial.
He added that the national conversation should, instead, include matters such as health, education, COVID-19 and its effect on the economy of the country.
On Thursday night, a five-judge bench comprising of Justices Joel Ngugi, George Odunga, Jairus Ngaah, Chacha Mwita, and Teresia Matheka unanimously ruled that the entire BBI process was unconstitutional, hence declaring it null and void.
The judges ruled that the BBI Bill which was initiated as a result of the 2018 handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga was against the law. “President Kenyatta has no right to initiate a popular initiative.”
In a rather encrypted message, Ruto took to Twitter to celebrate the ruling, “There is GOD in heaven who loves Kenya immeasurably. May GOD’S name be PRAISED forever.”
BBI proponents however may file an appeal before the Court of Appeal, who may reverse or reinforce High Court’s ruling.