In yet another statement, Deputy President William Ruto has set the agenda following yesterday’s court ruling that declared the BBI process illegal and tackling President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga who have been pre-occupied with BBI.
Taking to social media, the second in command hailed the judiciary for yesterday’s ruling in which he stated that was based on the rule of law, separation of powers and respect for independent institutions.
The second in command opined that now with the BBI under the bridge, it is now time to focus on other more important matters and went a step further to list what should be the agenda.
“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”. Wrote DP Ruto on Twitter.
This was his second statement following the shocking ruling that saw BBI proponents retreat to the drawing board.
Shortly after the ruling, Ruto noted that God had saved Kenya through the judiciary in a post that read:
“There is GOD in heaven who loves kenya immeasurably. May GOD’S name be PRAISED forever”.
According to the court, the BBI task force was a presidential task force and not the people’s initiative.
The judges also ruled that the BBI steering committee is an unconstitutional body.
It is our finding that popular initiative is a power reserved for Wanjiku neither the president or any other state organ can utilize article 257 to amend the constitution.
“President cannot purport to directly initiate a constitutional amendment. He isn’t part of parliament. He has no power under the constitution to initiate changes under the constitution since parliament is the only state organ that can consider the effecting of constitutional changes. The president is not permitted to amend the constitution using popular initiative”
As to whether IEBC has the capacity to hold a referendum, the court noted that the elections body lacks the quorum to oversee a Constitutional amendment process through a popular initiative.
“A referendum cannot be determined by an organ that is not properly constituted. We conclude that IEBC did not have the quorum at a time it made and therefore all decisions made were invalid, null and void,” the judges pronounced themselves,” the court ruled.
The ruling was issued after a number of Kenyans including; James Ngondi, David Ndii, Jerotich Seii, Wanjiku Gikonyo and Ikal Angelei among others moved to court challenging the BBI process.
The court directive is a blow to President Uhuru Kenyatta and his handshake partner Raila Odinga as they were hopeful of having a referendum by June 2021.