Deputy President William Ruto says he is not ready to engage the country in a contested referendum.
In the closest indication yet that his political camp was not ready to face off with proponents of constitutional amendments in a referendum, Ruto said there there was no need to pit Kenyans against each other.
“There should be no competition because the constitution belongs to every Kenyan and there is no need to divide Kenyans into camps, into sides. There is absolutely no reason. We can have a non-contested outcome if parliament is given the chance to iron out the issues that are outstanding” said the Deputy President.
Speaking in Narok West Constituency in Narok County, Ruto said the most pressing issue on the decision table for leaders was the support to poor Kenyans. He said millions of ordinary people were struggling economically, a situation that has been worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ruto daring his political competitors to instead shift their focus to 2022 when the country is scheduled to hold a general election. “I want to tell our friends, if they are looking for a competition, let’s them wait for 2022, we will have a competition.” asserted Ruto.
Speaking at the same event, Kericho senator Aaron Cheruiyot said the hustler movement remains committed to its course of ensuring that resources reaches the grassroots. Cheruiyot calling on those opposed to their movement to wait for the 2022 contest and present their case to the electorate.
Elgeyo Marakwet senator Kipchumba Murkomen saying those supporting the deputy president remain committed to transforming the lives of ordinary Kenyans advising those opposed to their course to define their agenda.
“We will dedicate all our energies in supporting the welfare of the common man” Said Murkomen.
Sentiments echoed by Narok woman representative Soipan Tuya who said that those supporting the hustler movement will sustain their support for the deputy president even in the face of intimidation.
The assurance coming as parliament prepares for the introduction of the Constitution of Kenya(Amendment) Bill, 2020 before the house on Thursday.
The Bill is expected to be concurrently introduced in the National Assembly and the Senate after parliament received notification of approval from 42 of the country’s 47 county assemblies.
The endorsement of the Bill has surpassed the threshold of 24 county assemblies required to advance the Bill to parliament enroute to a referendum with only Baringo, Elgeyo Marakwet and Nandi counties having rejected the Bill.