The Amani National Congress (ANC) party leader Musalia Mudavadi has blasted Deputy President William Ruto for not having a clear stand on the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report.
This comes after the second in command hosted his political allies at his Karen home on Tuesday the 1st of December 2020. He, thereafter, called for a consensus regarding the controversial report.
Ruto also requested if the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) could factor in the BBI with the 2022 general elections. This, according to him, would save taxpayers’ money by evading the referendum.
However, Mudavadi blasted the DP further, claiming that time is one of the most critical factors in the BBI process. He also bashed the second in command for not having a clear stand terming it as ” failure to provide effective leadership.”
According to the ANC party leader, it is not possible to mix the BBI and the general elections. He compared Kenya with the UK, where citizens voted either Yes or No on whether to exit BREXIT.
“The suggestion to conduct a multiple question referendum is unrealistic. Even in the UK that has high literacy levels, during the referendum on whether to leave the EU or stay (BREXIT), the choice was simply Yes or No.
“Similarly, Kenya’s 2010 constitution was determined in a referendum that was simply a Yes or No decision and not multiple questions. Mr Deputy President kindly reflect.”
In his statement, the DP explained that Kenya is between a rock and a hard place. According to him, it is not practical to spend billions in a referendum a year before a general election.
He further noted that the Covid-19 pandemic has dramatically affected the country, including claiming the lives of medics. According to Ruto, this money should instead be channelled towards fighting the deadly virus.
He also noted that changing the constitution is a weighty affair that should not be limited to a Yes or No answer. Instead, the DP suggested that there should be multiple questions so that Kenyans can vote on what they want.