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DP Ruto cedes ground, reduces his tough BBI demands

Deputy President William Ruto appears to have ceded ground reducing his five tough demands after efforts to build consensus hit rock bottom

In what seems to be a surrender, the DP on Sunday declared that hill will not lock horns with his boss President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga in a political battle.

Speaking over the weekend at the burial of Matungu Member of Parliament Justus Murunga, the DP changed tact, reducing his irreducible minimums and called for only two issues to be looked into.

The two issues include a multiple-choice, issue-by-issue based referendum, and the election of women representatives to the National Assembly.

“There are only two things and it can’t take a month or a week. It’s something we can sort out in a day. Just two issues,” Ruto said during the burial of Matungu MP Justus Murunga on Saturday.

The two demands were again reiterated by Dr. Ruto on Sunday during a church fundraiser at Bishop Margaret Wanjiru’s Jesus Is Alive Ministries on Sunday where the DP revived the Bishop’s long-stalled multi-million project by donating 3 Million.

Deputy President William Ruto and HE Raila Odinga in Matungu.

Ruto had earlier, insisted that the referendum be held in 2022 and that the appointment of the judiciary ombudsman to be reviewed.

The DP had also wanted the BBI Bill to be amended to give the IEBC direct authority to vary by 20 percent the proposed 70 new and proposed constituencies, demands that he has since dropped.

He also added that they were aware of their opponent’s interest in a contest by frustrating efforts towards building a consensus, a direction they vow not to take.

“From us, we are not interested in a contest, they have invited us into a contest, they are daring us into a contest, they are threatening us with a contest. We are telling them, ‘No, thank you’,” the DP said

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