Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen on Monday told those who heckled Deputy President William Ruto during the BBI launch at Bomas of Kenya that they should embrace dialogue. Through a tweet, Murkomen said the DP raised legitimate concerns that should be addressed before the document is adopted.
He further alleged that some of the speakers had been ‘coached’ to attack DP Ruto, wondering if he shook them that much. “To the hecklers who were heckling DP in Bomas ona sasa aibu ndogo ndogo mumejipatia. Mliambiwa hii kitu inataka dialogue na kama huna point usilete makasiriko
“All the Speakers have been coached and rehearsed to attack only one man, the Deputy President in a Building Bridges Initiative. What a paradox! Does he occupy their thoughts that much? No wonder they refused to invite anyone associated with him,” tweeted Murkomen.
During the launch, DP Ruto called for dialogue before the BBI is passed and poked holes on a number of issues, including how inclusivity and appointment of IEBC commissioners will be addressed.
“I've confessed I’m a scientist but I’m a bit slow. Explain to me how having a President who will appoint the Prime Minister from the winning coalition & runners up being opposition leader will sort out the ‘winner-take-it-all’ question. Forgive me if I’m slow.
“On appointment of IEBC commissioners. My brother Raila Odinga is good at football. So, let me ask: How fair a league will it be where the referee is appointed by some teams. Unless you persuade me that we will end up with a fair game. I have my reservations,” he said.
President Uhuru Kenyatta welcomed the divergent opinions saying that is what dialogue is all about but asked the leaders present not to trash the document but suggest amendments that would improve it. “I want to thank my Deputy…Along that path, I kept him abreast of what was going on...The purpose was never to talk about what shall happen tomorrow in elective positions but an extension of what we had done in 2013- To have all on board,” said the Head of State.