Leaders selfish in law change push, says Ruto

Reuben Mwambingu @reubenmwambingu

Deputy President William Ruto yesterday told off Nasa leader Raila Odinga and his allies over clamour for referendum, saying losers and incompetent people always cling to the Constitution to undeservedly wiggle their way to power.

He was responding to Senator James Orengo’s earlier remarks during the official opening of the third legislative summit in Mombasa where the senator said it was wrong for anyone to overrule the constitutional debate before hearing the argument.

“I know James Orengo was trying to lure me into a discussion about the Constitution, but today I am not going there… but I just want to say that unfortunately, sometimes lazy people who do not want to work hard, and incompetent people who cannot formulate any meaningful development programmes and some people who lose elections, use the Constitution as the bogeyman to try and get into institutions,” he said.

“When we talk about our country and the things we need to do, we need to sober up and look at the issues. Even  this constitutional debate, let us look at the issues, don’t overrule  before you hear the argument and I think this is what is going to make Kenya a better place,” Orengo had said.

However, Ruto said the country does not belong to the political class alone but it is composed of 45 million Kenyans who are looking up to leaders to deliver and nor divide power amongst themselves.

While terming the legislative summit as the largest single summit with about 2,300 legislators, Ruto reminded the leaders that they are an integral part of the implementation of the Constitution.

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