The resolution of the meeting chaired by President Uhuru Kenyatta in Naivasha and attended by ODM leader Raila Odinga that ruled out any form of further talks or amendments in the BBI report and the rising cases of Covid-19 has put DP Ruto in a state of confusion.
In a statement read by Siaya Senator James Orengo, participant at the meeting that was attended by the head of state and his handshake brother Raila Odinga maintained that the document was developed with the full participation of all, almost ruling out any changes or further talk on the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report ahead of the referendum as was fronted by DP Ruto.
Yesterday Deputy President William Ruto announced the suspension of a series of his political rallies that he was set to hold in the Lower Eastern Region citing rise in Coronavirus cases.
“The upsurge in Covid-19 cases strongly indicates that a second wave may be in the offing. For this reason I have decided to significantly scale down my public engagements until further notice. The empowerment meetings for this weekend in Machakos, Kitui and Makueni are postponed,” said the DP in a tweet.
Politicians have been accused of contributing to the sudden rise in the spread of the virus through their public gatherings.
Allies to DP Ruto however said that their decision to suspend their empowerment programs in the country will give them a chance to review their BBI report and referendum strategy.
“Although some of our supporters wanted us to go ahead with the empowerment tours, some of us are of the opinion that it’s wrong to go ahead with meet-the-people tours, with covid ravaging the country,” Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa said.
Political analysts will be keen to see whether DP Ruto will continue pushing for the dialogue over the BBI report or to mobilize his troops to oppose the entire report and the referendum.