Senate Majority Whip Irungu Kang’ata has divulged that President Uhuru Kenyatta is working with his deputy William Ruto behind the scenes to ensure consensus of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report ahead of 2021 referendum.

Speaking to Saturday Nation, Kang’ata noted that the President has taken over the BBI process and will be the one who’ll be issuing directives on the way forward.

Kang’ata further noted that the President has tasked him to reach out to allies of the DP who’ve expressed opposition to the document, and whip them accordingly.

“The President is now taking charge of the BBI and the referendum. He is the one to ascent to the referendum bills and is the one who is tasking both the majorities in Senate and the National Assembly in conjunction with the National Treasury to come up with a referendum budget…I have already reached out to Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria, Kiharu’s Ndindi Nyoro and Mathira’s Rigathi Gachagua,” Kang’ata said.

Speaking to the same publication, Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro acknowledged being talks with Kang’ata but underscored that as Tangatanga leaders, they will not endorse a report seeking to hand over power to ODM Leader Raila Odinga in 2022.

“It is true we are talking. But we in Tangatanga have made it very clear that we will not negotiate on our 2022 political decision to back Dr Ruto. Our Kieleweke brothers and sisters are attempting to attach supporting Mr Raila Odinga for 2022 as a condition. That is what we are refusing,” he said.