Uhuru in new dilemma after Tangatanga MPs met in Embu, setting the stage for epic clash

Caught between a rock and a hard place: Which way to go?

President Uhuru Kenyatta

Yesterday’s meeting by a team of legislators allied to the Tangatanga outfit linked to Deputy President William Ruto has set the stage for an epic clash pitting Raila Odinga against the DP with President Uhuru Kenyatta caught right in the middle.

The resolutions of the two-day meeting places the President in a dilemma as to which side he will choose in regards to the implementation of the BBI report that has seen Jubilee divided right in the middle.

Leaders at the meeting that was Christened “Mt Kenya and Diaspora Elected leaders meeting” resolved to reject any attempt to take the country to a referendum, insisting that the report should be processed through parliament.

“We strongly hold that any constitutional amendment in relation to BBI report should be Parliament…Our people are already overburdened. Our national resources should be spared from a national referendum. It should be avoided.” Read a statement from Moses Kuria who was one of the participants.

This resolution places the President in a dilemma as to which side he will support in the looming showdown pitting Raila Odinga, and the Tangatanga outfit with President Uhuru Kenyatta caught in the middle.

The Kieleweke wing of Jubilee party that is allied to President Uhuru Kenyatta has sided with Odinga, with Kiambu Woman Representative asserting that ““We cannot allow this process to be left to these political thugs and it should be left to the people who are supreme on matters Constitution”.

Should the President choose the referendum option and side with Odinga, it will see him face off with his Deputy who has already made it known that parliament is the way to go for the BBI.

The Kieleweke wing of Jubilee party that is allied to President Uhuru Kenyatta has sided with Odinga, with Kiambu Woman Representative asserting that ““We cannot allow this process to be left to these political thugs and it should be left to the people who are supreme on matters Constitution”.

Choosing the parliament option and siding with his Deputy will see him face off with his brother Raila Odinga and put the new-found unity and peace in sharp focus.

Counter-accusations

Both sides are already accusing each other of having evil plans to hijack the report and mutilate its contents for their own selfish reasons.

Whereas the Kieleweke outfit maintains that it should not be left to political thugs (in parliament) but it should be left to the people who are supreme on matters Constitution”, participants at the Embu meting hold that “BBI must not be hijacked by evil people”.

The Embu meeting that was largely attended by MPs, Senators and Governors allied to the Tangatanga outfit that is linked to DP Ruto however gave conditions that they will accept a referendum.

“The BBI must not be hijacked by evil people. This country is for all of us. If we must go the referendum route, if at all, these broad values and perspectives must drive us…We strongly hold that the referendum should be conducted alongside the 2022 general election.

“If at all a referendum is the way to go, it must carry along everyone. We shall refuse a referendum

that will leave Kenya more divided.” Read the statement.

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