Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto has spoken for the first time since the National Assembly on Thursday, May 6, overwhelmingly passed the Building Bridges Initiative bill.
This is after the bill which was in the second reading got the blessing of 235 members against 83 who voted against it while two legislators abstained from the process.
Ruto, who was against the passing of the bill on Friday, May 7, took to his official Twitter lauding the voting exercise adding that the results ought to be respected.
The second in command whose majority of troops voted against the bill has further insinuated that the Senate which is set to vote on the bill next week will pass it just like the parliament did.
“Being a democracy, the National Assembly voted on the Constitution amendment Bill and so will the Senate. We should respect everyone’s decision and accept democratic outcomes,” Ruto said.
He told the pro-BBI team that whether or not both houses pass the bill, the final decision lies within Kenyans.
“When the people’s turn comes, they will too vote and we will march on. All views make us stronger together,” he said.
The Constitution Amendment Bill 2020, was subjected to a heated session where Uhuru, Raila cohorts ganged against Ruto’s allies.
The bill only needed 175 members to vote for it before proceeding to the next stage, the Committee of the Whole Stage.
If the Senate will vote for the bill next week, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission will have to prepare a referendum within 90 days.
Upon its passing at the referendum, the bill will move to the next stage, the presidential ascent where the head of state will sign it into law.