Deputy President William Ruto’s abscence during the BBI event at the Kenyatta International Conference Center (KICC) was very conspicuous. The event took place on Wednesday 25th November. President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga led the event.
Reports emerged that the Deputy President snubbed the event. However, Ruto’s spokesperson has dismissed these claims. Emmanuel Talam noted that the Deputy President never received any invitation to the BBI event. Additionally, he said that the Deputy President watched the proceedings on TV at his official residence.
Ruto’s spokesperson said that if there is anyone who claims to have sent out an invitation, they should show it to the media stations.
Mr Talam also pointed out that Ruto’s name was nowhere to be seen on the BBI event program. His missing name fueled reports that Ruto would not attend the event.
Talam said that the onus is on the event organizers to explain why they never invited the Deputy president. Additionally, he said that people should stop asking the Deputy President why he did not attend the BBI event.
Ever since the President launched the BBI report, the Deputy President has been on the front line questioning the proposed amendments.
Once the BBI event was over, the Deputy President released a statement. He assured his supporters that there is still a chance of reaching a consensus on the BBI report. He said that he was still hopeful that there can be a non-divisive referendum which will give Kenyans an opportunity to express themselves. Ruto also said that he does not want a win vs lose contest.
The Deputy President said that unity is the strength that Kenyans need to organize the economy and also fight the Covid-19 pandemic.
President Uhuru Kenyatta launched the signature collection for the BBI report yesterday. Several leaders appended signature to the BBI report digitally.