Raila's people were uncomfortable with my participation - DP Ruto explains why he was not involved in BBI

DP Ruto responds to critics

Deputy President William Ruto

Deputy President William Ruto has responded to critics over why he steered clear of the Building Bridges Initiatives (BBI) process.

He acknowledged that President Uhuru Kenyatta involved him in the selection of BBI committee members.

"What my boss said at Bomas, that I was involved in nominating the members of the committee, it is true. But when we were nominating those people, changing the constitution was not part of their brief," the DP revealed.

He added that it became difficult for him to participate in the process because of former Prime Minister Raila Odinga's allies.

"Maybe it evolved, maybe other issues came up and it became necessary to recommend Constitutional change.

"For a long time this process was largely between the President and Mr Odinga and I think the people in the former prime minister's were uncomfortable with my participation and I didn't mind to allow the process to go on as I concentrated on running the Jubilee agenda. I assumed that when the process was done we would be invited to give our views," he narrated.

The DP went on to add that edits can still be made to the BBI referendum Bill, according to the recommendations made by his group on Wednesday, before signatures are submitted to the IEBC.

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