Mudavadi said BBI talks paralysing Gov’t operations

Mudavadi said BBI talks paralysing Gov’t operations

Amani National Congress party leader Musalia Mudavadi has said talks on the Building Bridges Initiative are paralysing government operations.

Mudavadi called for consensus on contentious issues in the BBI document saying there is need to accommodate divergent views.

“Let us build consensus on issues and walk away from this notion that if you have a different opinion then you are an enemy,” he said.

Mudavadi was speaking on Saturday during the funeral of former cabinet minister Joe Nyaga in Embu County.

Tourism CS Najib Balala on his part urged BBI proponents to learn from the 2005 referendum that he described as divisive.

“In 2005 we had a divisive referendum. I pray and hope this referendum will not be divisive,” he said.

DP William Ruto maintained that claims by sone leaders that a multi-choice question referendum was a complex process for Kenyans was misleading.

He said it was wrong for them to claim that Kenyans would be confused when it comes to a multi-choice –question referendum yet according to him it is anchored in law.

DP William Ruto at the funeral of former Cabinet Minister Joe Nyagah in Mbeere, County on December 19, 2020.
DP William Ruto at the funeral of former Cabinet Minister Joe Nyagah in Mbeere, County on December 19, 2020. PHOTO | DPPS

 

“These Kenyans are not the way we (leaders) think about them. Even on matters of changing the Constitution, we should not underrate their intelligence.  I have heard some leaders saying Kenyans will be confused and cannot not differentiate between the devolution, executive and judiciary. This is a wrong perception,” Dr. Ruto said.

The Deputy President averred that Kenyans successfully filled more than five ballot boxes that contained names of several candidates during the last three general elections.

He insisted that they ‘can do the same in a multi-choice-question referendum with no confusion’.

“If Kenyans cannot be confused during the election of MCAs, MPs, Women Reps, Senators, Governors and President with each category having several names to choose from without any complications, then they can do the same in a multi-choice question referendum,” the DP said.
He added that there is need to ensure an all-inclusive constitutional making process that takes into consideration the opinion of every Kenyan.