Ruto backs referendum but dismisses proposals for Prime Minister

Deputy President William Ruto spelt his own set of demands for a constitutional referendum and in the process dismissed the clamour for a Prime Minister arrangement.

In a speech he delivered at the Royal Institute for International Affairs, also known as Chatham House in London, Ruto said expansion of executive to create the position of premier and two deputies would not help solve the political quagmire where a runner-up in a presidential poll becomes a “virtual stranger in leadership.”

Instead, he proposed retention of the current arrangement where a president and his deputy are elected but where the runner-up becomes the official Opposition leader, much like the pre-2010 days.