Hours after Deputy President William Ruto surfaced with new demands and recommendations after a closed-door meeting with 150 influential politicians, governors and MPs, the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Secretariat has responded to the terse statement released by the DP and his team.
Ruto’s team held that the BBI should be shelved and all funds meant for BBI activity be channeled to Covid-19 recovery.
In a quick rejoinder, Suna East Member of Parliament who is also the co-Chair for the BBI secretariat, Junet Mohammed dismissed the proposals made by DP Ruto and his allies over the referendum as time-barred.
Junet was speaking during an interview in which he stated that Ruto’s views were late as the process of BBI signature collection had already started and is in its final stage.
“We are just finalising the process before we take the signatures to IEBC for verification.
“What the DP is proposing is already outdated because we have already passed that stage. We had two years to get views from all Kenyans; where was he? Does he mean that everything has been done behind his back?” Mohammed posed.
The Suna East lawmaker also stated that they had spent two years collecting views from all Kenyans over the BBI report claiming that Ruto and his allies are not genuine with his new proposals.
This comes after the second in command held a meeting with his allies at his Karen residence in Nairobi where they reportedly discussed building consensus on the constitutional reforms occasioned by the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) bill.
Ruto while speaking from his Karen residence after his meeting with his allies failed to give a firm stance on whether he would support the yes or no option in the referendum process.
“I am aware that many people want us to take a position on the BBI, and I want to tell you that where we are now is a point that requires a lot of thinking and consultation so that we can be able to engage with the rest of the process in a way that is informed,” Ruto stated.
Ruto and his allies also proposed that the referendum to be postponed until 2022 and held alongside the General Election with a view to cut costs.
“The referendum question can be included in the general election as the 7th question. We recommend that we have the referendum at the general elections and this will be at no extra cost for the IEBC,” he added.