Politicians allied to President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga have responded to calls by Deputy President William Ruto to hold talks on the BBI report.
DP Ruto and his team have been demanding dialogue even after President Uhuru Kenyatta stated that there would not be any room for the improvement of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report.
In a tough statement, the politicians allied to Raila and Uhuru maintained that the chapter for changes is long closed and urged Ruto to either support or reject the report at the much-anticipated referendum.
They stated that Ruto had the chance to present his views to the 14 member task force but did not make good use of the same.
"If he wants to lead the No side, let him proceed without engaging us in delaying tactics.Let him resign as DP and go ahead to spearhead the No campaigns. We will face off with him in the campaigns. He should not try to intimidate, blackmail or delay us," said COTU secretary general Francis Atwoli.
Atwoli added that the decision to call for dialogue by the DP can be seen as challenging the authority of his boss, the president.
"He is part of this government; why is he opposed to the process initiated by the president? He should not be making public demands for dialogue but should privately engage the president if he has some concerns," added Atwoli.
ODM Chairman John Mbadi described Ruto's demands for dialogue as putting the country into political circles aimed at derailing the process so that there is no referendum before the next general elections.
"The train has left the station and he can choose to support or reject the report in its current form. We are aware that he wants to take us in circles so as to delay the process.Who told him that his readiness to talk is part of the BBI process? We can not allow for any further delay." Mbadi stated.
"It is clear that Ruto does not want the BBI report. There is no process that has been this consultative;not even the 2010 constitution was this consultative," added Mbadi.
Similar sentiments were expressed by National Assembly Majority Leader Amos Kimunya, Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu, and David Murathe.
" What can happen now is the framing of the document by the parliament and the Attorney Generals office so that we have a legal document. But there is no room for the reopening of the document," affirmed Murathe.
Ruto has so far called for consensus building to avoid splitting the country into two factions , those in support and those against the proposed constitutional amendments.