As leaders and Kenyans mull through the newly unveiled final report of the controversial building bridges initiative (BBI) and that was officially launched at Bomas of Kenya by delegation headed by President uhuru Kenyatta and ODM party leader Raila Odinga,a number of issues are now emerging that might push for its amendment.
While various speakers who spoke during the highly hyped function praised the document citing their own reason for their backing,it is clear that the document has still un answered questions that needs to be addressed even after the steering committee led by Garisa senator Yusuf Haji having been given time to sit and correct the document after controversies arose with the initial document.
When he was giving his reservations for the same at Bomas of kenya,deputy president William Ruto poked holes on the document from what he said that the document is not clearly showing Kenyans how for instance a president appointing a prime minister from winning coalition and runners up being the opposition will solve a `winner take it all’ problem.
“I have confessed i am a scientist but i am a bit slow.Explain to me how having a president who will appoint the prime minister from the winning coalition and runners up being opposition leader will sort out the winner-take-it-all’question?” Ruto wondered.
The deputy president is also faulting the proposal by the BBI to scrap the position of woman representative from national assembly and instead move the position to the senate. Ruto said that the move to eject women from the national assembly where the resources are gotten and shared is a retrogressive idea which is pulling women back in terms of empowerment.
Another provision in the document that seems to have a flaw is that seeking for political parties to have hand in appointing the Independent Electoral and Boundaries commission officers.He doubted the credibility of such an institution whose officials are selected by political parties citing that they may show their allegiance to specific faction or be controlled which would limit their freedom of being an independent body.
Therefor the DP said that the document need to be about ordinary man and not about politicians reserving political posts for themselves.“We want to have a decent conversation on the BBI that is people-centered and all-inclusive. The discussion must be heavy on ordinary kenyans’ issues such as jobs generation and poverty eradication rather than leaders and positions,” the DP said on Sunday.
Another leader that poked holes on the document is ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi. Mudavadi said the document is good but some parts need correction so that senate is strengthened and also the independence of judiciary among others.
“The BBI report has very good provisions that need to be improved and enacted.However there are areas that need refining such as strength of senate and independence of judiciary.I also strongly recommend that in this document we underpin the need to tame our public debt,” Mudavadi stated
The former senate deputy speaker and Tharaka nithi Professor Kindiki who is a law professor has also termed the document as a mere flowery language recommendations which seeks to re-write the Constitution. He has since said that most recommendations in the BBI don’t call for referendum but just implementation of the constitution and use of parliament statutes to achieve them.
Despite this push from leaders to pass and implement the recommendations in the report through a referendum,it is yet to be established whether the steering committee or the president Uhuru and the ODM party leader Raila Odinga will recommend any amendment done on the document.