William Ruto hugs Shamillah Nkirote Gituma at St Nicholas African Independent Pentecostal Church of Africa (AIPCA), Imenti Central, Meru County

Deputy President William Ruto has all but welcomed the push for a constitutional change, noting that it should be for the interest of the common mwananchi.

Speaking over the weekend, the DP and a section of Mount Kenya politicians threw their weight behind a referendum but vowed to vote against it if the planned changes are meant to create a Prime Minister’s position.

“We are not scared of a referendum and we are waiting for those crusading for it to explain to Kenyans the changes they want,” said Ruto.

He added: “The process should not be about creating more seats. It should be informed by the public interest. That is why we want those agitating for these changes to sit down and harmonise what should or should not be included in the constitution.

Ruto, who was speaking at St Nicholas AIPCA in Central Imenti Constituency on Sunday, said the ongoing discussions on the referendum would not distract the government from pushing forward its development agenda.

Meanwhile, NASA coprincipals Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetang’ula have called for an overhaul of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) before a referendum is held.

They argue that Kenyans have no confidence in the electoral body and have demanded that it is reconstituted before overseeing the referendum.

“How can we trust IEBC when judges found the agency to have bungled the elections? We want it reconstituted before it is allowed to oversee the referendum,” said Mudavadi on Sunday.

While Ford Kenya leader faulted those pushing for the referendum, including Opposition leader Raila Odinga.

“We are aware that some leaders including ODM leader Raila Odinga are hurriedly pushing for the constitutional changes to create positions that will benefit them but we are not going to allow this to happen,” Wetangula stated.

Mudavadi further noted that the constitution is not a preserve of politicians but belongs to all Kenyans.

“The constitution of Kenya is neither a preserve nor a property of politicians. The constitution belongs to all Kenyans since they know what is paining them. We must give them the opportunity to decide what to be changed.”