Deputy President William Ruto on Saturday 28 November 2020 told critics to stop spreading rumors that he had joined the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) yes team after he declared support for an amendment made in the document.
The second in command was reacting to a local daily where it claimed that the DP had changed his mind after he said that the amendment on the bill would take care of the hustlers’ needs.
“NEW article 11A in the BBI Constitution bill introduced after Bomas will anchor the ordinary peoples’ Hustler economics of wheelbarrow, boda×2, mama mboga, pastoralists/butchers and guaranteed minimum returns on coffee, tea, korosho, sukari, maize. Bottom-up, not trickle-down economics,” read William Ruto’s tweet.
However, Ruto urged people to stay calm and not rush to conclusions. He added that he had received feedback from a lot of Kenyans.
He mentioned that political brokers were desperate to cash in on a referendum as they fear the possibility of a consensus.
“Rush not to conclusion or pretense to prophesy. I’ve received overwhelming feed (All shades) from Kenyans. Asante. The fury of political merchants desperate to encash (Like they did COVID-19) a divisive referendum is shockingly evident. Possibility of consensus is their nightmare,” he stated.
Ruto further added that it is his Constitutional duty to assist his boss President Uhuru Kenyatta and together they have made great improvement on the BBI since the document was officially launched last month at the Bomas of Kenya.
Ruto pointed out that they were now working on consensus for Kenyans to have real choices to decide while avoiding a yes or no referendum.
He noted that the two have avoided a lose-lose situation as there is a real chance of a win-win situation.
I've CONSTITUTIONAL duty to assist my boss,the PRESIDENT.We've made IMPROVEMENTS to BBI post bomas. Now working on CONSENSUS for kenyans to have REAL CHOICES to decide/vote while avoiding yes/no,all/nothing DIVISION.We avoided lose-lose we can overcome win-lose to achieve WIN-WIN
— William Samoei Ruto, PhD (@WilliamsRuto) November 28, 2020
Article 11A of the BBI bill on the economy and shared prosperity states that there is a need for an economic system that provides an equitable distribution of opportunities.