Deputy President William Ruto yesterday said that he and his proponents seeking to amend the BBI are patriots. Adding that their stand should not be misconstrued.
“We have made the statement in very good faith because this is our country. We are leaders in this country and we must provide leadership as we engage with other leaders in the exercise of building consensus so that we can avoid an unnecessary divisive contest,” said Ruto.
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Speaking yesterday during a consultative meeting, Ruto and his allies maintained the possibility of a consensus before referendum. He nevertheless, decried the victimization of his allies for holding a different opinion. Ruto said that he and his fellows are only stating their case and believes it should be regarded.
“Many of the members of this team have been victimized for holding different opinions from those of others. We believe and we ask that we want to walk together on this journey. We are putting our case and we believe that we have a very strong case,” said DP Ruto.
Amendments so far welcome: We are patriots, says Ruto
He however hailed the progress made on the BBI, noting the inclusion of some of the amendments voiced during its launching at the Bomas of Kenya.
“This team; the church, the Muslims Community, the pastoralists, and the Members of County Assemblies… took mend their contributions to what was presented in Bomas. Majority of those proposals were taken on board,” said Ruto.
Senator for Nakuru County Hon. Susan Kihika echoed the DP’s message. She said that the BBI aimed at uniting Kenyans after the 2017 General Elections. she decried that the same BBI has since been maligned as ‘Pro or anti’ the handshake.
“In its original iteration, the BBI was intended to promote unity. And settle the problems of exclusion, divisive, and often violent electoral petitions. And ensure equity in resource distribution in Kenya,“ said Kihika.