Deputy President William Ruto has weighed in on the ongoing Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) debate noting that the current referendum push was not part of the initial BBI plan.

Speaking during an exclusive interview with Citizen TV, Ruto noted that the initial plan was to create a team to craft a roadmap for uniting the country following the divisive 2017 election.

He noted that he was involved in the process of selecting the BBI team members relying on the above premise, only for the agenda to change into a constitutional amendment process.

“I participated in the nomination of those who are in the BBI committee… The original agreement was that there were no constitutional changes but along the way things can happen and I have no problem with that…My boss, the President, is involved in this process. It is my duty to ensure that I make my contribution to make the process succeed,” he said.

He re-affirmed his initial position that it is not too late to amend the BBI document, adding that consensus is key in the push for constitutional amendment.

The DP further noted that the referendum should be held in 2022 together with the general election in a bid to reduce costs.