President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto [Photo: The star]
Nov, 19th 2020 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has met his deputy William Ruto to consolidate support for the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report. The meeting came ahead of a signature collection drive that was initially set to be launched today, Thursday 19th.
The launch was postponed last evening with the National Secretariat citing late completion and publication of The Constitution Amendment Bill, 2020.
In a press release signed by secretariat co-chairs Dennis Waweru and Junet Mohamed, it reads that, “The secretariat is working on a new date with a comprehensive programme of rollout activities, which will be communicated in due course.“
Despite the postponement, the meeting between the head of state and DP raised talks of a compromise on the BBI proposals. The agenda of the meeting is known to only the two.
The meeting came hours after Ruto tweeted, “I love this country enough never to be part of any war. Not when there is a real possibility for a win-win consensus beckoning. Us versus them ‘YES/NO’ contest that will lead to lose-lose outcome is unnecessary and unwarranted. A non-contested referendum is possible.”
It is not yet clear if Uhuru managed to persuade him to join them in todays event where ODM leader Raila Odinga and himself are expected to officially kick off the collection of one million signatures as it is a constitutional requirement for a referendum.
Raila, on Tuesday met members of County Assemblies and told the press that the exercise to collect signatures will take the shortest time possible. he said, “We want the collection of signatures to be done as quickly as possible.“