Deputy President (DP) Dr William Ruto has challenged the fast-paced BBI process stating that there is no legal framework supporting the process so far.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Joe Ageyo on Citizen TV, the DP walked on egg shells failing to disclose whether he will oppose or support the BBI amendment bill if it does not accommodate the amendments he has been calling for.
It was also the first time that the DP publicly admitted to have been part of the team together with President Uhuru Kenyatta that nominated the BBI task force. However, he clarified that at the beginning, there wasn’t talk of amending the constitution.
“The original agreement was that there was no constitutional change. When we were nominating those people changing the constitution was not part of their brief. We were nominating people; we chose people whose brief were to bring people together,” Said Dr Ruto.
Ruto said that it was not too late to the right thing. “We can mobilize parliament to provide a law to have a consensus referendum where we are not boxing Kenyans to ‘yes’ and ‘no’ where we are giving Kenyans real options.”
“We keep underestimating the intelligence of Kenyans and thinking that they are fools so they will not be able to do this. Presenting a multiple-choice referendum is actually giving the Kenyan people the latitude to make decision on an article by article basis,” said Ruto.
The DP has continuously insisted on building consensus. “If we are changing the constitution, we are changing it in a manner to make it go forward not go backward. We must do it in a manner that does not divide Kenyans,” said Ruto.