Deputy President William Ruto has spoken after missing the Building Bridges Initiative signature launch on Wednesday at the Kenyatta International Conference Center (KICC).

In a statement, the DP said there is a possibility of reaching an agreement without dividing the country adding that the battle against the novel coronavirus should be prioritized.

"Even with the signature launch there is still a real chance at consensus for a non-divisive referendum that will give Kenyans the opportunity to express themselves without an us vs them, win vs lose contest. Unity is the strength needed to fight Covid-19 and organise the economy," Dr Ruto stated.

His statement comes after political pundits noted that he was conspicuously missing during Wednesday's BBI signature collection launch at the KICC.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his handshake partner Raila Odinga presided over the event.