Members from Ruto’s camp decried ostracisation in the Building Bridges Initiative launch. Deputy President William Ruto spoke as the third last person during the BBI launch event at Bomas of Kenya. Boni Khalwale argued there was a breach of protocol in Ruto speaking before former PM Raila Odinga.
Members of the Tanga Tanga faction claim protocol was breached after Deputy President William Ruto spoke before former Prime Minister Raila Odinga during the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) grand launch at the Bomas of Kenya.
Led by former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale, the Tanga Tanga politicians claimed it was not in order for the second in command to be the third last speaker in the national event that was held on Wednesday, November 27.
Khalwale termed the Bomas protocol an impunity arguing the former prime minister is a common citizen like himself who should be treated as such.
“Where did you ever find a situation whereby the deputy president invites ‘raia’ kama Khalwale’ (A common citizen like Khalwale) to speak after him? Former PM ni raia (The former prime minister is a common citizen),” the ex-senator said.
This comes a few days after the pro-Ruto group decried being sidelined in the launch of the BBI.
The lawmakers claimed a majority of them had not been invited to the event and the few who were invited were not allowed to attend with their supporters.
Kericho senator Aaron Cheruiyot claimed only legislators allied to Jubilee’s Kieleweke faction were tasked to come up with a list of people to receive the report.
The report was launched in an event attended by over 5,000 delegates from each of the 47 counties.
Only a few leaders from Ruto’s camp were given a chance to address the delegates including Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen who was heckled for veering off topic.