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DP Ruto declares his stand on BBI referendum

Deputy President William Ruto has hinted out that he will not be leading the ‘No’ campaign during the referendum for the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) bill referendum should it be approved in the Parliament and the Senate.

DP Ruto has been leading anti-BBI brigade in criticizing the document, saying that it will not solve the problems of the common man. He claimed that some leaders want to use the BBI bill to achieve their political ambitions.

Through his statement, the second in command said Kenyans should be allowed to make independent choices on the fate of the document.

He accused pro-BBI team lead by President Uhuru Kenyatta and Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga of using government resources and dishing goodies to woo MCAs to support the Constitutional amendment bill.

 “Kuna wengine wanatarajia ati mimi nitaongoza mrengo huu au mrengo ule, mimi ni mtu ambaye anaaminia demokrasia…ile itaamuliwa na wakenya niko tayari kutumia…kama ni katiba ya sasa au katiba itakayokuja, niko tayari kuhakikisha ya kwamba the will of the people of Kenya must be respected,” Ruto said.

DP Ruto also stated that the Constitutional amendment process should be done without blackmail, intimidation and threats, adding that it is duty of every Kenyan to participate in this exercise.

“The writing of a constitution must be devoid of blackmail, intimidation and threats, because it is not just a solemn document, it’s a sacred duty of every Kenyan to participate in this exercise and everybody, irrespective of who they are, must be listened to, because this is their country, this is their document, and Kenya is a democratic country…we must respect one another,” he added.

Ruto further noted that the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) bill process should be all-inclusive.

“They must accept that finally, that document must unify the country and that everybody must accept the outcome of this decision by the people of Kenya,” DP added.

He however maintained his view over the document stating that BBI is about sharing of power and resources.

“The contract we are writing in BBI is about sharing of power and resources, but the most important contract that we need to write as the people of Kenya is the one on how to create jobs, opportunities and wealth because the challenge in Kenya is not so much about sharing, but about the few opportunities and jobs,” he stated.

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Written by Kennedy Omondi

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