– Ruto says he will support any form of governance the BBI report will propose as long as citizens are allowed to have the final word
– He has threatened to oppose any idea to have furnished BBI recommendations enacted into law by people in boardrooms
– Earlier, the DP was against the idea of convening a referendum terming such an exercise as expensive to the country
Deputy President William Ruto has said he will be strongly opposed to any attempt of implementing the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report if citizens will not be given the sole responsibility of passing the recommendations into law.
Speaking in Luanda, Vihiga county on Monday, December 23, Ruto affirmed that he supported recommendations of the Yusuf Haji led taskforce and urged those charged with furnishing it to ensure Kenyans have the final say.
The DP assured that he will be comfortable with any governance system the BBI will settle on and it did not matter whether it will be presidential or parliamentary, as long as the decision is not imposed by some few individuals in a closed door meeting.
“I am not going to oppose anything about the BBI report but what is important is that people must be allowed to decide on whether they want it or not.
Whatever name they want to call the system that they will want us to have, then let it be. I will, however, oppose any attempt to lock citizens out of this. The final decision must not be made by some people in boardrooms,” said Ruto.
Before release of the BBI report, TUKO.co.ke reported that the DP and a section of his allies had hinted that they will oppose the document.
Some claimed the proposals were aimed at cutting the DP to shape and suffocate his 2022 presidential bid.
Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa and Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi had expressed fear that the report wanted to create and award plum positions to some individuals in power.
Others claimed the report would create a position of a powerful prime minister to benefit Opposition leader Raila Odinga or President Uhuru Kenyatta after end of his tenure.
The report, however, proposed the position of the less powerful prime minister, a suggestion allies of the DP have heavily supported.
The debate on whether the BBI should be adopted through a referendum or through Parliament has, however, created a rift among supporters of the President and Ruto.
Earlier, the DP had warned the BBI taskforce against settling on a referendum terming the exercise as expensive for the country.
Section of leaders from the Mount Kenya region among them Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri has suggested that if a referendum is to be held, then it should be done alongside the 2022 General Election.
They, however, hold that to cushion the country from heavy expenditure, then the BBI should be adopted through Parliament.
The push for a referendum has strongly been backed by leaders in Raila’s camp who had also hoped that the BBI will create a powerful premier position.
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