Ruto says he’s ready for referendum, losers should accept defeat


DP William Ruto at Kabugua, Tharaka Nithi County on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Photo/DPPS
DP William Ruto at Kabugua, Tharaka Nithi County on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Photo/DPPS

In Summary

  • Ruto's political nemesis Raila Odinga has been at the forefront of calls to the change the Constitution.
  • Odinga proposed the introduction of a three-tier system which consists of the National Government, 14 regional blocks and the 47 counties.
  • President Uhuru Kenyatta has however maintained a tough stance against the proposal.

Deputy President William Ruto now says he is ready for a referendum and those who think there is fear over the proposal are mistaken.

Speaking in Tharaka Nithi on Saturday, Ruto said the referendum date and question should be set so that Kenyans can vote and those who lose this time round must accept defeat.

Also Read: Uhuru tells leaders to stop unnecessary politicking

“…We are ready for referendum. Wale wa kupunguza mzigo na wale wa kuongeza wakubaliane ni nini wanataka…waseme tarehe, wasema watakubali matokeo… sisi tuko na kura,” he said on Saturday.

Almost six months ago, the DP had rubbished calls for a referendum to create new governance structures and termed it “a bogeyman affair.”

During a devolution summit in Mombasa, Ruto further accused the opposition of engaging in divisive politics.

“On the issue of the referendum, I don’t want to speak about it. Hon. James Orengo wants to drag me there, but not today. Let me say this, lazy people who cannot do things, those who lose elections will always want to use the Constitution as a bogeyman,” he said.

DP Ruto and Senate Minority Leader James Orengo were seated together at the meeting on May 22, 2018.

Ruto’s political nemesis Raila Odinga has been at the forefront of calls to the change the Constitution.

Odinga proposed the introduction of a three-tier system which consists of the National Government, 14 regional blocks and the 47 counties.

Also Read: Uhuru opposes Raila’s call for referendum

President Uhuru Kenyatta has however maintained a tough stance against the proposal.

“I have no time to run around telling people to change the Constitution.

“It won’t solve the problems we have…” he said in May this year while addressing the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) at Statehouse, Nairobi.

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