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Uhuru Breaks Silence on Nullification of BBI Appeal

nairobileo.co.ke 08/23/2021

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President Uhuru Kenyatta. [Photo: Courtesy]

President Uhuru Kenyatta has criticised the Court of Appeal for upholding a High Court ruling declaring the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) as unlawful and unconstitutional.

Speaking on Monday during an interview with editors from leading media houses in the country, President Kenyatta accused the courts of misinterpreting BBI while delivering their ruling.

The Head of State maintained that BBI was about uniting the country and not for his or any other individual's personal gains.

"People have decided to deny Kenyans what is legitimately theirs... BBI was not about who was going to be president, I am more than happy to serve out my term and finish my program.

"Part of my agenda is to bring people together and maintain a peaceful, stable, united country. The courts have been highly misguided on that process, it is not a competition issue," he said.

He dismissed claims that BBI was meant to extend his term in power, noting that he is keen on leaving office after his term expires. He further noted that there is no clause on the BBI document that addresses extension of presidential limits.

"There's no clause in BBI that says that the incumbent president is going to continue for another 10 years, this is all propaganda.  I have not heard talks on election postponement, I am ready for an election at the prescribed time. That’s the schedule I am working towards," he said.

On the way forward following nullification of the BBI appeal, the President said even though they do not agree with the court ruling, they respect it and consult on the best way forward.

"We obey the court ruling that nullified BBI, we will move on and continue consulting," the Head of State divulged. 

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