Two days after unveiling the BBI report in Kisii, President Uhuru Kenyatta has expressed his willingness to bring his Deputy William Ruto onboard.
Speaking on Friday after leaving Pumwani Social Hall in Majengo, Nairobi County, Uhuru, who was campaigning for BBI, said he was planning to bring all leaders on board ahead of the upcoming referendum.
In what was seen as an indirect reference to Deputy President William Ruto and his camp, the head of state insisted on the need for all leaders to come together and chart a way forward for the country through the BBI, adding that the initiative was for the benefit of Kenyans and not specific leaders.
“Mimi nataka kuwaleta viongozi wote pamoja, tuwe tukisimama podium moja tukiwa wote…sijui kama nitafaulu lakini nitajaribu (I want to bring all leaders onboard so that we can speak in one voice, it is not going to be easy, but I will try my best)” stated Uhuru in Swahili during one of his stopovers in the city.
— NTV Kenya (@ntvkenya) October 23, 2020
By leaders coming together, Uhuru observed that the country will have peace, which will then result in an improved economy as well as the creation of job opportunities for the younger generation. The jubilated Uhuru maintained confidence that he will succeed in bringing all of them on board.
“Will you be happy seeing all leaders speaking in one voice? That will be the best thing ever,” he added.
Uhuru was in Pumwani to preside over the signing of a major partnership between the Boda Boda Safety Association of Kenya (BAK), Capital Markets Authority, Rubis Energy and NABO Capital.
The president said the agreement will enable Boda boda operators across the country to access products from partner agencies at negotiated rates.
He also met with the national officials of the Boda boda Society Association where he drummed up support for the Building Bridges Initiative report.
Uhuru’s comments come just days after Deputy President William Ruto together with Maendeleo Chap Chap Party Leader Doctor Alfred Mutua both insisted on the need for the president to bring all leaders on board ahead of the official launching of the initiative.
Speaking on Wednesday in Eldoret during the burial ceremony of late Huruma Ward MCA Peter Chomnba, Ruto insisted on the need for a report to be a uniting factor rather than a dividing factor.
The second in command maintained that the report should not be based on the ‘Us vs Them’ narrative, rather should bring all leaders onboard and should be people-centered not only about leaders and sharing positions.
“Iwe ni mjadala wa kila mwananchi sio ya reggae pekee…This constitutional consensus should be devoid of reggae that is divisive and has the potential to create Us vs Them notion,” remarked Ruto.
On his part, Governor Mutua, while speaking in Matuu town in Machakos county, maintained that Kenyans will not just support the initiative blindly adding that it should be for the people and not only for few people planning to use it for political gains in 2022.
He also called on the president to have a round table dialogue with all leaders in the country as one way of ensuring a united nation.
“I call on the President to ensure a national dialogue involving all leaders in the process and handle perceptions that the process has been hijacked by few selfish individuals keen on benefiting from it,” stated Mutua.
WE WILL NOT ENDORSE THE BBI REPORT BLINDLY
The BBI process should be for the people and not confined to a select group of individuals hellbent on using it for 2022 political formations. pic.twitter.com/36eOpjQXPp
— Dr. Alfred Mutua (@DrAlfredMutua) October 21, 2020