Deputy President William Ruto is expected to hold talks with former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta to iron out their differences.
Ruto’s camp agreed to the meeting after the DP met Mt Kenya elders led by Kenyatta’s cousin Kung’u Muigai on Tuesday, October 27.
Kung’u, who is the patron of the National Council of Elders was accompanied by chairman Phares Rutere and the Nationhood Sector Principal Administrative Secretary Michael Ndung’u.
The elders urged Ruto to support the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report and aid Kenyatta in securing his legacy of uniting the country.
“Ruto is ready to engage with other leaders to strengthen the document, eliminate contentious issues, respect separation of powers and make it more focused on the issues about ordinary Kenyans,”DP’s spokesperson David Mugonyi stated.
The elders have allegedly sought an appointment with the Head of State and are waiting for approval from State House.
They will also meet Odinga after he flies back from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Ruto questioned various aspects of the BBI proposal at Bomas of Kenya where Kenyatta and Odinga met leaders to discuss the initiative.
The DP voiced concerns over the motive behind changes at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and also the decision to create more executive positions.
BBI calls for more involvement of political parties and recommends four commissioners to represent parties at IEBC.
On Thursday, October 29, the DP hinted at meeting the two leaders but reiterated his stance on the nation holding an open dialogue.
“I want to ask leaders across Kenya not to engage in the divisive debate even if we fo to the referendum.
“It is possible we have a win-win referendum. There is no gain in dividing the country,”Ruto stated.