Deputy President William Ruto still hopes that a consensus on the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) will be met to accommodate the views of every Kenyan.
Speaking on Wednesday after meeting his allies at his Karen home, DP Ruto called for further amendments to the Constitutional Amendment Bill, 2020, at a time when the steering committee has insisted that the train has left the station.
The second in command says the timing of the proposed BBI referendum is wrong, strongly suggesting that the plebiscite be conducted together with the 2022 General Election.
On being asked why he is proposing more recommendations at a time when signature collection in support of BBI has already commenced, DP Ruto said that it is never too late to do the right thing, citing an example of the Bomas Draft which accommodated some proposals way after the window had been closed.
“This is our country. How is it late, what is the crisis? I want anybody to discount the proposals we are making here…If they are reasonable, honestly, all it would take is to republish the Bill and proceed to referendum,” said Ruto, who said that, “let us not be simplistic and say “are you going to vote No or Yes”, that is not the right way.”
Some of DP Ruto’s proposals in the BBI
- Ombudsman need to appointed by the JSC and vetted by the parliament
- We propose the retaining of the 47 positions of the Women Representatives.
- We propose the reduction of nominated members of parliament to cut the size of the legislature
- The nominations of 70 MPs be converted into constituencies to allow people to elect their leaders in a democratic manner rather than awarding cronies.
- We can still make BBI Referendum a WIN-WIN than a LOSE-WIN situation.
- Kenyans should be allowed to vote on issues
- We are in the middle of a COVID-19 pandemic that needs to be prioritized
- BBI Referendum can still be conducted alongside 2022 general election to avoid wastage of public funds*