ODM leader Raila Odinga claims Deputy President William Ruto is not sincere in his ultimatum for consensus before backing the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).
In an interview with Nation, Raila maintained that there was nothing like a non-contested referendum.
According to Odinga, Ruto was repeating the political games he played in 2010 when he ended up team “No” that opposed proposed changes to the old Constitution.
“He is following his 2010 script when he signed the Naivasha Declaration only to turn around and campaign for ‘No’. We ended up with a contested referendum but still won. That’s his nature, but it is his democratic right to oppose,” he told the Sunday Nation.
Odinga told the publication that Rut’s conscience should disturb him that he became a beneficiary of the project he voted opposed.
“In the end, he came to see the fallacy of his actions, becoming one of the biggest supporters of the Constitution he was opposing. Now he does not see anything wrong with it. Tell me what else hypocrisy is,?” Raila posed.
He further told the publication that Ruto has been blowing hot and cold – looking for excuses to oppose the referendum.
Raila said Ruto had his chances to give his views to the task force to be included in the BBI report but he didn’t use it well.
Until Sunday morning Ruto had not yet taken a stand on the referendum but said he had been consulting with various stakeholders before making a declaration.
“Rush not to conclusions or pretense to prophecy,” tweeted the Deputy President yesterday.
“I’ve received overwhelming feedback (all shades) from Kenyans. I’ve (a) 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.”
Odinga however told the publication the Deputy President was welcome to join him and the President in leading a push to amend the Constitution.
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“Those having a change of mind, like Ruto, are welcome to join. They say if you can’t beat them, join them,” Raila said.
Ruto had previously objected to the referendum saying it wasn’t a priority during the pandemic that had crippled lives and livelihoods.