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Deputy President William Ruto was not among the leaders lined up to speak during the launch of the referendum Bill and national signature collection drive by President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga, that took place yesterday at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre in Nairobi.
Dp Ruto flew back to Kenya on Sunday, November 22, after a four-day private business-cum-family trip to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and has made his opposition on the Building Bridges Initiative clear, maintaining that it will result in a lose-lose situation unless it is done via an uncontested referendum.
Ruto has been pushing for a consensus to enable a win-win outcome of the referendum in what has been dismissed by leaders supporting the constitutional ammendment process.
Ruto has dismissed as illogical the argument that an expanded national executive will enhance inclusivity and resolve the challenge of divisive elections.
The DP pointed out that the sharing of additional executive positions by the winning party does not guarantee inclusion.
“In the current arrangement for instance, our Majority Leader in the National Assembly would be the Prime Minister, two other House leaders will be deputies; what happened to the Minority Party?”
Ruto warned against the formation of a Police Council chaired by an Interior Minister would derogate the independence of the police, calling for the strengthening of the National Police Service Commission and the Independent Policing Oversight Authority.
In recent days, he has accused Odinga-allied leaders of seeking a divisive YES-NO to advance their selfish financial interests.
But, Raila Odinga says there is no such thing as an uncontested referendum because there can never be a 100 per cent agreement on contested issues; that the matter will be settled at the ballot box.