DP William Ruto’s party has requested an audit of the funds used in the BBI process in a letter to the controller of the budget. In a letter obtained by the Star on Wednesday, Secretary-General Veronica Maina stated that the response to their inquiry will finally put to rest Kenyans’ valid concerns that billions of shillings in public cash had been squandered in an unlawful procedure. “We are aware that Sh30 billion was spent on the BBI steering committee Taskforce in what they referred to as a public and stakeholder engagement initiative for the purpose of collecting comments,” Maina said.
However, she pointed out that the task force only spent Sh10 billion, while other accounting officials and Principal Secretaries spent another Sh20 billion. These, according to Maina, were illegally spent to gain public support for a process that had been pronounced unconstitutional by three superior courts of law. “…because the BBI Secretariat and Principal Secretaries applied and diverted public funds into the BBI process,” Maina said, “you have a constitutional obligation to conduct an audit of the accounts of the BBI Steering Committee and Taskforce, the BBI Secretariat and Principal Secretaries for possible misuse and wastage of public funds.” “As a result, we recommend that you conduct an audit of all expenses related to the BBI.”
He believes the plan is aimed at creating jobs for a select few at a time when many Kenyans require economic empowerment. The Supreme Court of Kenya’s decision to dismiss the initiative on Thursday vindicated him after he was assaulted for rejecting the Bill. President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Handshake brother Raila Odinga are now being pressured by the DP to apologize for wasting four years fighting for the law.