Deputy President William Ruto and his Tanga Tanga brigade appear to have a best-laid plan in opposing the constitutional amendment and further pushing the referendum to 2022.
Reports indicate that the DP and the team, have put in place mechanisms to have the referendum delayed to turn away any possibility of political realignments that might come with a yes or no campaign.
The DP has a multi-faceted approach to the issue, by first aligning a number of court cases as bumps on the plebiscite way, this is a strategy geared to pushing the referendum to past August 2021.
Another crucial move is to deny the process the constitutionally required 24-county-assembly majority, for the bill to reach the parliament.
In his recent interview with Citizen TV’s Joe Ageyo, the DP had also hinted at a total boycott of the process, should the whole process be geared towards threatening the peace of the public.
“If it gets to a place where the process is threatening the peace of the country, then I will not participate in the referendum. I will not participate in anything that divides the people of Kenya,” he said.
By not taking part in the process, the team is geared to unpopularize the process leading to low and poor turn-out with the net effect of affecting the momentum for 2022.
Sources privy to the DP’s plan confessed to planning to deny the process of the gas that would fuel it towards the 2022 general elections.
“This will ensure that our political strategy is not greatly affected. We want to go into the General Election with little variables. The referendum, we hope, as the promoters intend, will not have any steam a few months after it is done,” said the source who sought anonymity.
He also over the weekend reiterated the need for a consensus before the referendum document was finalized.
“We should not be in a hurry to slam the door on proposals. With all the due respect, I request that we relook some issues before we finalize this process,” Ruto told mourners at the burial of Matungu MP Justus Murunga