The Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report is expected to be released any day this week with proposals on changes to the constitution.
President Uhuru Kenyatta during his Mashujaa Day address on October 20, claimed the current Constitution is to blame for the lack of inclusivity in the country.
“We spend almost two years after every election on conflicts and that is what we want to change by ensuring inclusivity for all communities," he stated.
Citizen TV was first to report on the details of the report which would introduce new offices to the current executive structure.President Uhuru Kenyatta address at Gusii Stadium, Kisii County on October 20, 2020.PSCU
The report allegedly proposes the creation of an office of Prime Minister with two Deputies and the introduction of the Office of The Leader of the opposition.
The BBI report also seeks to give women equal voting power at the Senate by implementing representation to one man and one woman for each county.
If implemented, parliament will see the adoption of mixed-member proportional representation which will have the creation of extra seats to be filled by political parties based on population and gender.
While speaking in Kisii County, President Kenyatta defended the report noting that it was not aimed at creating positions for individuals.
“Constitutional change is not all about creating positions for anyone. It is aimed at ensuring we no longer have the winner takes it all and loser goes home with nothing after elections," he added.
The report will also have the creation of the Office of the Judiciary Ombudsman who will sit in the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) and will prosecute disciplinary cases.
On devolution, there will be an increase in the allocation of county funds from 15% to 35%
Taking to the podium at the celebrations, ODM Leader Raila Odinga urged Kenyans to get ready for the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report noting that the country was ready to change direction.
"BBI reggae was launched here in Kisii, and we said that we must change direction. For 56 years we have followed one direction, we need to look at what else is there so that project Kenya can move forward," stated the former Prime Minister.
When Deputy President William Ruto took the stage, he acknowledged Raila's desire to have the report but asked that the conversation be done inclusively.
"My friend the former Prime Minister has told us about the BBI reggae, but I guess we will have a robust national conversation that will bring everybody on board," stated Ruto in a rejoinder.DP William Ruto address at Gusii Stadium, Kisii County on October 20, 2020.PSCU
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