Uhuru: There’s need for constitutional reforms before BBI unveiling

President Uhuru Kenyatta officiating the 2020 Mashujaa celebrations in Kisii on October 20, 2020

President Uhuru Kenyatta has called for a constitutional consensus in the country that will promote inclusion and unity for all Kenyans.

The head of state said on Tuesday during the 11th Madaraka Day celebrations at the Gusii Stadium in Kisii County.

“The question of “us” versus “them” must come to an end and as we exercise our democratic rights, it must never again be at the expense of our diversity,” The President noted.

He called for a change in the current political practice where resources and opportunity exclusively go to those occupying positions of power, thus making the Kenyan elections divisive and emotive.

“One year before every election, the economy shuts down as it anticipates the turns and twists of the election. And one year after the election, the economy is still on a go-slow as markets wrap themselves around the emerging political constellations,” He observed.

He added, “This means that in every electoral cycle of five years, two years are wasted exclusively attending to electoral matters.”

However, Deputy President Dr. William Ruto called on both Uhuru and ODM leader Raila Odinga to include all Kenyans in the BBI.

Speaking at the event, Dr. Ruto said there was need to bring everyone on board to ensure the country realises the much-needed unity.

The DP called for dialogue to accommodate divergent views in the Building Bridges process.

“The former Prime Minister has talked about reggae. That is fine. But I guess we will have a robust national conversation that will bring everybody on board,” the DP said.

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