The hype about the Building Bridges Initiative Report (BBI Report) is still going on, especially on the proposed positions for Kenya to achieve “inclusivity.”
The report has proposed the position of the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister will be appointed by the President from a party with the majority of elected members in the National Assembly or someone that will seem to have the support of the majority of MPs.
According to the BBI Report, therefore, the Prime Minister will have to come from among the elected Members of Parliament. You can read about the roles of the proposed Prime Minister’s position here.
The report says the proposed Prime Minister will not earn any salary as a Prime Minister but will continue earning his/her normal salary as a Member of Parliament.
“The Prime Minister will continue to earn his or her salary as a Member of Parliament with no additional salary for the prime ministerial role,” the report says.
That statement about the position of the Prime Minister and the remunerations begs more questions than answers. It also raises questions on whether the position is really necessary.
For instance, who will accept to work as a Prime Minister without pay? Who among our politicians will be ready to perform all the roles listed as a Prime Minister without any pay at all? Did the report fail in fronting this recommendation? What is it that the report is not telling us about the Prime Minister’s position?
Also, the roles for the Prime Minister are not quite necessary and can be performed by the Deputy President, apart from that of the leader of government business in the National Assembly. Will the position of the Prime Minister clash with that of the Deputy President?
Anyway, do not wait for our politicians to read the report for you. Read it. Interrogate it.