In the wake of a looming and unavoidable referendum, Deputy President William Ruto is now seen to have changed tunes, calling for a consensus on the contentious Building Bridges Initiative document.
The DP has always shown and expressed his dissenting opinion on the document, with the most notable being on the launching day bat Bomas of Kenya amid jeers and booing by the public.
President Kenyatta and his handshake partner Raila Odinga have recently given their ultimatum on the document, stating clearly that the period for the changes is long gone and the document is only headed for the referendum now.
This now leaves the DP with just two glaring options of either swallowing his pride in teaming up with the BBI proponents or defiantly leading a parallel No camp.
Speaking at his Karen home yesterday, Ruto called for a united front in a bid to help realize unity in the country.
The DP hosted a delegation of Wajir MCA’s led by their Majority leader Mohamud Gabane and his Minority counterpart Abdi Hussein.
He called for keenness in, and prioritization of the general public health, and the need to cushion the effects of Covid-19, and called on the county assemblies to work towards reaching a consensus.
“We must at the moment prioritize the health of our people and focus on countering the effects of Covid-19. County assemblies must work together and push for progressive engagements around the BBI so that we can build a consensus on the report. They must shun a forced ‘Yes-No’ campaign that threatens to be retrogressive for the country,” Ruto said on his Twitter handle.
This comes after president Kenyatta had on multiple occasions stated that the DP was well aware of the whole process and even actively participated in the selection of taskforce members.
“I informed William about this process and he has been part of it. He is here, and if you think I am lying, ask him,” Uhuru said at Bomas during the launch of the report.