Deputy President William Ruto and his allies have lauded the proposed changes in the gazetted BBI bill 2020 and said that it captured more issues in comparison to the bill that had been launched in Bomas.
Addressing the press on Wednesday after a consultative meeting that had been attended by 146 MPs, seven governors among other invited leaders, the Deputy President said that the document has raised issues affecting common Kenyans, in contrast to previous recommendations that were set to only benefit the political class.
“Significant progress was made between Bomas 2 and KICC and the amendment Bill adopted major inputs of stakeholders in fairly explicit terms,” part of the statement read.
However the Deputy President said that there remained contentious issues , such as the recommendations for the President to appoint the Ombudsman.
“The Judiciary is still uncomfortable with the Judiciary Ombudsman and the manner in which he is to be appointed.”
The Deputy President also highlighted that Kenyans were concerned with the size of Parliament and the Executive and the cost implications that it brought . In as much as the Deputy President lauded the proposal to elect 47 elected women senators , he opposed the move to scrap the seat of the women representatives at the National Assembly, instead calling for the scrapping of nominated seats.
“We want the participation of women leaders to be substantial and meaningful and not token representation. It is at the national assembly that discussions on matters resource allocation and the direction of the country takes place, and it is important for elected women to be part of that conversation.”
Deputy President also said that it would be a disservice to Kenyans if they were forced to vote either yes or no, instead of voting on multiple questions based on issues.
“Remove this referendum from being win lose situation. We can have a mechanism that can allow us to vote on the issues instead of the personalization of the referendum. That in my opinion is backward.”
The Deputy President also said that it would be irresponsible for the government too conduct a referendum in the midst of a pandemic.
” We should commit all the resources available to battle the pandemic and the economic fall out caused by it. There is a possibility for us to do it [ the referendum ] together with the elections in 2022.”