Ruto cronies to hold parallel rally

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A past meeting of western leaders opposed to the BBI.

Leaders allied to Deputy President William Ruto are planning a parallel meeting in Mumias, Kakamega County, on Saturday despite its cancellation by the police.This now sets the stage for a clash with law enforcement authority.

Former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale read mischief in the ongoing public sensitisation forums on the BBI report, saying they are intended to trash the original draft that was released by President Uhuru Kenyatta at the Bomas of Kenya.

Dr. Khalwale who spoke in Chavakali, Vihiga County said the meetings were part of an ODM agenda intended to create the position of an all-powerful prime minister and a three-tier government in a move he said would place much burden on the taxpayer.

Mr Washiali, who is also the National Assembly Majority Whip, claimed the Mumias meeting is purely meant to discuss the plight of the people of Western, while that in Bukhungu political.

The MPs maintained that they will give the rally a wide berth, saying they will only attend meetings called by the steering committee and not politicians.

Speaking at Serena Hotel in Nairobi, MPs Sakwa Bunyasi (Nambale), Mr Washiali, Alfred Agoi (Sabatia), John Waluke (Sirisia), Beatrice Adagala (Vihiga), Omboko Milemba (Emuhaya), Dan Wanyama (Webuye), Ernest Kagesi (Vihiga) and Christopher Aseka (Khwisero) said it is only the steering committee that has the mandate to collect views from the public.