Amani National Congress (ANC) party leader Musalia Mudavadi has called out Deputy President William Ruto for failure to provide effective leadership, and lack of a stand on the proposed Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) referendum.

Taking to twitter, Mudavadi said Ruto has been taking Kenyans in circles, yet the BBI referendum has timelines that should be respected, and the country needs to make a decision and move on.

He noted that having a consensus on the BBI is important, but the DP needs to look at the set timelines for the BBI referendum.

Building consensus is key, but time is of the essence. The BBI has timelines that should be adhered to for the country to have a say and move on. As a leader, taking Kenyans in circles without a clear position amounts to a failure to provide effective leadership. @WilliamsRuto,” said Musalia Mudavadi.

The former Vice-President’s words came shortly after Deputy President William Ruto held a meeting with several leaders at his Karen residence, where they discussed matters BBI.

File image of ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi.
File image of ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi.

"I am acutely aware that many people want us to take a position on this document but I'd like to clarify that where we are now is at a point which requires a lot of thinking, reflection and consultation.

"That is what we were doing so that we can be able to engage with the rest of the process in a way that is informed, consultative and participatory, giving every idea and opinion a chance to at least be heard," the DP stated.

After the meeting, the group made the following demands:

  1. BBI referendum funds to be rerouted to Covid-19 response for SMEs and school re-opening
  2. Consensus building - the group called for an agreement on the content (what), process (how) and timing (when) of the document. Among the issues to build consensus on were outlined as; outstanding issues on the Judiciary, bloated Legislative arm and affirmative action.
  3. BBI referendum to be held in 2022 together with the General Election
  4. Referendum to be structured in such a way that Kenyans will be able to vote on amendments to specific articles of the Constitution (multiple choice) as opposed to a "Yes" versus "No" referendum.