As the constitutional amendment through the BBI draws near, Deputy President William Ruto who has been very vocal on the opposition changes tune.
The second in command has been pushing for consensus amid fierce opposition from the proponents of the document led by the handshake duo and their allies.
Speaking in Embu at a burial , the DP stated that hence forth he will be helping the head of state on developmental agenda, since there was a lot of work to concentrate on.
“Because there is a lot of work to be done, I will focus on helping President Kenyatta on issues of development; others can drive the BBI agenda,” he said in Embu during the burial of a sister of John Cardinal Njue, who this week retired as the Archbishop of Nairobi.
Focusing on a new path with his boss President Kenyatta, Ruto urged the proponents of the document to ensure the questions of referendum reaches those in the grassroots on time for informed decision.
“Hii BBI kuna wenyewe, na vile mumesema mumeuliza hizo vitabu viletwe wananchi wasome, mimi nilikua nimesema kwa sababu kazi ni mingi nisaidie President katika ile kazi ya maendeleo ya barabara na stima, maji wengine pia washughulike na hii ya BBI kwa sababu kazi ni kazi (This BBI has its owners, and as you have said the BBI report should be made available for Kenyans to read for themselves.
Because I have said I am busy assisting the President fulfill his duties touching on development like roads construction, electricity and water, let other people take charge of that BBI process because any work is good work),” said Ruto
“When I went to Bomas I tried to point out the errors (in the BBI report) because I wanted to help them, but they are now late because they have not availed any of the reports to Kenyans to allow them to read because Kenya is for all of us.
As for me I will focus on my work which is to help Uhuru Kenyatta achieve his development goal.” DP continued.
His words elicited a number of reactions from his allies with Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen opining that the BBI has never been his priority.
“The DP has said nothing new; it has been his position that BBI is not a priority at the moment. We should instead focus on resurrecting the economy. Kenyans will decide on what root to take,” said Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen.
Garissa Township legislator Aden Duale also confirmed thay they have never been part of the BBI.
“We have been consistent on matters BBI. We are not part of the process and will never support it,” Duale said.
Former Kakamega Senator Bonny Khalwale also reiterated the same.“The DP is very consistent, you remember when we met him in Karen last month and addressed a press conference, we raised very pertinent issues which we wanted the other side to address, but instead of addressing all or any of them, they are busy talking about verification of signatures and the referendum budget; it seems the other side is not interested in consultations and what the DP is saying is just to merely remind them to come to the negotiating table, he is only doing so in a much stronger language.”
The DP also added that Kenyans should be vigilant of the leaders who push for the changes while in ethnic regalia instead of uniting the nation.
‘’I have faith that God is going to give us the opportunity to do that which will carry the whole country forward and we will move together,” said Ruto.
“As leaders we must seek solutions to these challenges . . . however, the solution to these challenges should not take a tribal angle or come up with plans for specific communities,” he added.