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Uhuru-Ruto’s behind the scene secret deals that could see BBI amended

Following numerous calls from Deputy President William Ruto and his allies for the amendment of Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report, details have emerged over a possible amendment of the document before the referendum.

Deputy President William Ruto and his allies have been pushing for the review of the report to address their concerns for a win-win situation in the referendum.

Sources have revealed that President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto have been working closely through their allies towards building consensus over the BBI document.

Details have emerged that a 12-member team from Kieleweke and Tangatanga was formed to lead the consensus process and has made a significant progress in reaching a consensus that is likely to see the BBI referendum Bill reopened for amendments.

The team is made up of six negotiators representing President Uhuru and Kieleweke group led by Senate Majority Whip Irungu Kang’ata, while the DP Ruto and his Tanga Tanga brigade is led by Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria.

Kang’ata stated that they are exploring legislative options to address the DP Ruto and his allies concerns.

“We are exploring legislative remedy to their concerns,” Kang’ata said.

“We are thrashing out issues and we hope to finalise by Thursday,” he added.

Kuria on the other hand maintained that his team has presented their concerns and that they are hoping for uncontested referendum.

“The ball is in their court. We have submitted our issues during the meetings and we hope these issues will be brought on board so we don’t have to go into a divisive referendum,” Kuria said.

 “I hope wisdom prevails before Friday. We have no problem going per the current signatures collected if we agree.” He added.

Ruto and his allies had tabled three demands during the meeting which includes; review of the Equalisation Fund sharing formula, election of the 47 woman representatives to the National Assembly and a multi-choice referendum.

His team dropped some of their demands, including holding the BBI referendum and 2022 General Election on the same day.

Details of the ongoing talks has revealed that the BBI Bill could be re-opened to accommodate some of the demands being pushed by the DP’s camp as part of efforts to build consensus on the referendum.

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Written by Kennedy Omondi

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