Deputy President William Ruto has termed the process to amend 2010 Kenya Constitution through the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) as illegal.
Speaking during an interview with Citizen TV on Thursday night, December 3, DP Ruto stated that there is no legal framework to support the BBI process.
“We are all in this process. At some point it will become clear…We do not have a legal framework that is supporting this process like we had in 2010… It is never too late to do the right thing. I believe we should have a win-win situation,” DP Ruto said.
Ruto further said that it is never too late to do the right thing calling on the pro-BBI team to allow for a consensus building.
The DP stated that he cannot stand aside and do nothing about BBI vowing that he would not sit back and watch “the wrong thing” being done.
“This is a constitution-making process. The constitution is about every Kenyan, myself included. If it is being amended, I do not have the luxury to stand aside and do nothing about it…I do not want history to judge me for not stepping out to speak out,” he added.
Ruto expressed his happiness that the BBI secretariat had taken into consideration and incorporated some of the contentious issues he and various stakeholders had raised after the first document was launched at Bomas of Kenya.
“Even as we discuss the subject, we need to discuss it with the background where the country is.. there is the secretariat, certainly the BBI secretariat is listening…..it is the case,” he said.
He however, cautioned Kenyans stating that there is need to be careful with the manner in which the whole BBI process is being conducted.
“In the 2010 referendum, there was a legal framework, we will have to work with what we have…some of the concerns that have been raised have been taken on board,” he said.
“The Supreme Court made a decision that process is as good as the result, this is a popular initiative; we need to be careful how it is done,” he said.
Ruto added that he will do everything in his power to make sure the BBI process is inclusive.
“The position I have taken is that a referendum is possible, that we can have a win-win outcome, that we do not need have a divisive referendum…A DP, I have a duty to do everything in my power to ensure Kenyans travel together,” Ruto added.