Deputy president William Ruto [photo: Nation]
Nov, 4th 2020 – Allies of Deputy President William Ruto have been sent back to the drawing board a day after proponents of the Building Bridges Initiative appeared to shut the door for amendments to the document.
This is following a meeting where President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga together with 300 legislators agreed to present the document to Kenyans for a referendum before June next year.
Speaking at his Karen home, while hosting politicians, Ruto said they need to find a way to bring together all divergent views on the BBI as they cannot unite Kenya through divisive tactics.
“We should find a mechanism to bring together all divergent views on the BBI report. It is possible for us to agree on the contentious issues therein so that we can move the country forward. We cannot unite Kenya through divisive tactics,” he said.
He steered clear on whether he would join his boss in support of the BBI. he cancelled a series of rallies earlier planned for Ukambani, due to rising Covid-19 cases. He tweeted, “The upsurge in Covid-19 cases strongly indicates that a second wave may be in the offing. For this reason I have decided to significantly scale down my public engagements until further notice. The empowerment meetings for this weekend in Machakos, Kitui and Makueni are postponed.”
Some legislators allied to him said they had no option but to oppose the referendum. Keiyo South MPDaniel Rono said, “They have decided to chest thump and ignore issues raised by the DP that touch on the ordinary mwananchi. If we are ignored, then we are left with no option but to oppose BBI.“
he also added that their team will go through a series of meetings to urge citizens to reject the document. “We have numbers of the hustler nation countrywide, and we will sell a narrative that will see the BBI draft rejected. We are giving an ultimatum of 14 days to make sure views of all citizens are taken and included in the document.“