Days after joining UDA, Laikipia County woman rep Cate Waruguru has claimed that the famous handshake was aimed at preparing the way for ODM boss Raila Odinga to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Waruguru said it was intended to kick out Deputy President William Ruto in favour of Odinga.
Waruguru was formally received back to the hustler movement by Deputy President William Ruto on Tuesday. He handed her a UDA cap and clasped her hand, then stood back and let her speak.
She said the Building Bridges Initiative had been used as camouflage of inclusivity to disguise the real intentions.
In an interview with a local newspaper, the vocal legislator said BBI flopped because of how its initiators — the President and Raila — had mismanaged it
“I believe its (BBI’s) failure lies squarely on the two senior principals and their legal advisers. From where I sit now, it is clear the handshake was cover to give Raila an entry as somebody’s project for 2022,” Waruguru said.
She said, however, she does not regret supporting BBI with the ultimate goal of amending the 2010 Constitution. The courts put the brakes on the BBI process, calling it unconstitutional, null and void.
She said BBI provisions such as fair sharing of revenue in line with population should be revised, adding that the people of Mt Kenya are getting a raw deal.
“I am on record saying BBI is now behind us and we must forge ahead as a country. I do not regret that it failed; rather, as a Kenyan it provided an opportunity for the growth of our democracy,” she said.
Waruguru added, “Like any other initiative, it had pros and cons and we all had the independence to read, comprehend and make informed decisions.”
She said even with the backing of the President and “state machinery”, Raila will still be unable to climb Mt Kenya, saying reaching the summit will remain a pipe dream.
“Climbing the mountain entails a lot of aspects that Raila lacks,” cautioning the former PM’s marketers in the region to be honest with him about the obstacles.
“Does he have the energy and stamina to fight the chilly weather? Because that harsh experience is well told when one walks and doesn’t fly to the peak.
“When he walks with the people, as in the case of William Ruto, [he has advantages], but [not] when he flies with travel agents, political brokers and rejects, which is the case with Raila Odinga,” she said.
She said the people of Mt Kenya voted overwhelmingly for Jubilee in 2013 and twice in 2017. They were betrayed, however, by the President when he opted to shake hands with Raila, a situation that has made life “unbearable,” she said..