- BBI proposes the establishment of the office of the prime minister and two deputy prime ministers appointed by the President.
- BBI says that Cabinet ministers can be selected from among members of the National Assembly.
- A section of political pundits have argued that BBI, if passed as it is, will return us to the days of an imperial president with sweeping powers.
After a long wait, the final Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report was released!
President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odinga on Wednesday, October 21 received the final BBI report at Kisii State Lodge, an event where Deputy President (DP) William Ruto was conspicuously missing.
The BBI taskforce, led by Garissa Senator Yusuf Haji, was tasked with collecting public views on how to solve issues that have been ailing project Kenya since time immemorial, which includes but not limited to lack of national ethos, ethnic antagonism, divisive elections, inclusivity in government, shared prosperity, corruption and devolution.
The 180-page document is set to be launched at the Bomas of Kenya in Nairobi today (Monday, October 26).
DP Ruto attended the BBI launch
Kenyans were eagerly waiting to see whether or not DP Ruto will attend the official launch of a document he has castigated for “taking care of the interests of greedy politicians and neglecting Kenyans”.
When the report was being handed over to Uhuru and Raila in Kisii, DP Ruto, instead, opted to attend the funeral service of popular Uasin Gishu County MCA Peter Kiiru.
DP Ruto allies led by Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen have also faulted the BBI report, especially its proposals to expand the Executive arm of government. Senator Murkomen says that the BBI report, if implemented as it is, will mean a re-install of the imperial president with sweeping powers in many aspects.
On his part, Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei has faulted the proposal to have Cabinet ministers selected from among members of the National Assembly. Cherargei says that the process of oversighting the Cabinet will be compromised, if MPs are supposed to grill one of their own.
Kapsaret MP Oscar Sudi has also delved into the matter. According to the vocal lawmaker, the proposals by the BBI report have only taken care of politicians and the ruling class but not Kenyans. Infact, Sudi categorically told DP Ruto that if he changes his mind in the last minute and decide to drum up support for the document, he [Sudi] will lead the No Campaigns against him [Uhuru, Raila and Ruto].
President Uhuru’s speech during BBI launch
DP Ruto’s speech during BBI launch
Raila Odinga’s speech during BBI launch
Youth representative’s speech during BBI launch
Youth representative voice during BBI launch