Deputy President William Ruto, on Friday, said he is ready to support a referendum to pass some of the proposals contained in the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report.
Speaking at the thanksgiving ceremony for nominate MP David Ole Sankok at Enkate – Ngiro Primary School, he disclosed that he had no problem with a referendum but insisted that it should be devoid of political conflicts.
“If there is any section in that report that requires a referendum, we are ready as Kenyans for it. What we do not want is conflict, competition and threats,” Ruto stated.
Ruto’s stand on the poll was reiterated by Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen who posted on Twitter that the sideshows on plebiscite should stop.
“The people telling us referendum is a must, who are they quarrelling with? Isn’t BBI a report commissioned by the President and cheered by former PM? If the report says we need referendum then there shall be one, if it says not then there will be none. Let’s implement it. Stop the hubris,” he posted.
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After the unveiling of the BBI report on Wednesday at the Bomas of Kenya, MPs allied to DP Ruto said the proposals can be passed by Parliament without Kenyans having to vote.
Parliament Majority leader and Garissa MP Aden Duale called calls for the vote a waste of time.
“Anyone with Kenyans in mind cannot be heard even whispering in the dark the word referendum,” he said adding that he could not “understand whether those calling for it are doing it out of ignorance or hypocrisy with a hidden agenda.”
Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria, posted on Facebook, that a referendum is a waste of time and proposed that the funds meant for the same should be used to address challenges facing the country.