MPs allied to President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto held talks at the weekend to try reach a compromise on the referendum, with sources saying the discussions have a Friday deadline.
The high-level meetings aim to reach a consensus on the Building Bridges Initiative Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2020 before the referendum signatures are handed to the electoral commission on Friday to prepare for a plebiscite, the Nation learnt.
As reports indicates, there might be a BBI deal as push for consesus has now boiled down to three issues following weekend meeting with deputy president’s camp saying it’s ready to mount a fresh drive for signatures in the support of a referendum if it’s proposals are accommodated. However, ODM leader Raila Odinga would have none of it’s as reports outlines.
The demands aired out by DP Ruto’s allies include the reduction of number of MPs to a maximum of 504, including 47 women representatives in the national assembly and another 47 in the sanate. They also want the current Electons act used to craft multiple questions for the referendum instead of having ‘Yes’ or ’No’ contest.