ODM Party leader, Raila Odinga on Friday, hinted to the public that a referendum might take place sooner than expected.
Speaking at the first Building Bridges Initiative(BBI) forum underway in Kisii, Raila said the referendum was going to be held before June 2020.
He also urged leaders to sell BBI at the grassroots level.
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A move that did not augur well with Deputy President William Ruto who criticised the consultative forum on BBI.
Ruto speaking in Vihiga county said it is ironical that politicians have started conducting campaigns for the initiative, yet Kenyans have not received copies to get details of what it entails.
He said the initial agreement when the BBI was launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta was to produce enough copies for every Kenyan to get one.
This, he said, would allow everyone to look at the details and make informed decisions on the way forward.
The DP, however, said it is unfortunate that the deal did not go through but rather “selfish” politicians hijacked the process.
Raila added that the country will be united by the BBI that was borne out of the handshake between him and President Uhuru Kenyatta on March 9, 2018.
He said there will be more consultative forums across the country to educate locals about what the BBI report contains.
Among attendees in the forum was interior CS Fred Matiang’ i who lauded Raila and Uhuru for the unity in the country.
Other attendees in the first BBI forum in Kisii included; governors Anne Waiguru (Kirinyaga) Anyang Nyongo (Kisumu), Okoth Obado (Migori) and Sospeter Ojamong (Busia).
Other governors present were John Nyagarama (Nyamira) Hassan Joho (Mombasa), Amason Kingi ( Kilifi), Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega) among others.