As you all know, the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report is out and tongues are already wagging about. Some are for it and some are against it. The political heat has just kicked off and just like that, Kenya is officially in a political campaigning mood.
Initially, the BBI recorded was expected to reduce the burden of Kenyans in terms of the money the country uses in paying for salaries and allowances of elected and nominated leaders, some of whom have no idea of what their roles are; like Women Representatives.
Instead, the BBI seems to have introduced new positions that will see Kenyans dig deep into their pockets to fund the lifestyles of those in government.
For instance, the report recommends the introduction of the post of the Prime Minister, 2 Deputy Prime Ministers, and the position of the official leader of the opposition.
Chapter Eight of the BBI report on the Legislature, recommends the creation of the Prime Minister’s position, two Deputies, Cabinet Ministers, the Attorney General and the Leader of Official Opposition, being the person who was the runner-up in the presidential election.
“This recommendation, therefore, proposes the introduction of the Office of the Prime Minister and Two Deputy Prime Ministers,” the report states.
The report states that the creation of the prime minister’s post will help to tame the “winner-takes-it-all” as it is currently structured in the current constitution, which by the way, has not been fully implemented. How is this position going to serve Kenyans?
“Lack of inclusivity is the leading contributor to divisive and conflict-causing elections. Kenyans associate the winner-take-all system with divisive elections and want an end to it,” said the report.
Already, the BBI drums have started beating. The No Body Can Stop Reggae rendition is in the air and the political “Rastafarians” are “aire” with the hope of reaching the real Canaan this time.