Deputy President William Ruto has hit back at opposition leader Raila Odinga for ruling out the possibility of instituting changes to the Building Bridges Initiative report.
According to the Deputy President, Raila is pushing the country to a divisive referendum for his own selfish reasons.
“They are not interested in the unity of a country; they are not even interested in the constitutional process. They are only interested in a political scheme to divide the country for purposes of 2022.” Ruto said in reference to ODM leaders’ remarks over the ongoing push for more dialogue.
Speaking during the burial of Naivasha MP Jayne Kihara’s mother in Nyeri, the deputy president hit out at pro-BBI politicians who maintain that the window to make contributions to the report has long been shut.
“I hear people say we have had more than two years and there is no more time for views. But I ask, how did we end up with a document that has so many gaps after a whole two years that so many people have issues with it?” Ruto posed the question.
“The church has issues with it, parliament has issues with it, pastoralists have issues with it. Women have serious issues with it, PWDs have issues with it, how did we end up with such a document? That is the question that needs to be asked.” He added.
Ruto holds the view that the only way out left is for leaders to sit down in a consensus so as to harmonize the issues of concern and take the country forward.
“I want to ask all Kenyans that we should refuse to be divided, we should resist divisions being forced on us that there must be those who support and those who oppose.” Remarked the DP
Ruto appeared to accuse Raila of being the stumbling block in the ongoing push to have divergent views incorporated into the document. He says he has known President Uhuru Kenyatta for more than 20 years and he doubts he cannot accommodate others.
“He (President Kenyatta) is a leader who listens and respects views from other leaders and most importantly he has respect for the church.” Said Ruto
The country’s second in command says there is no need for a yes and no referendum vote. He believes it is still possible for the country to agree and move together as one.