Inside Raila party’s push for powerful PM, leaner Senate
Public debateSome of the proposals are likely to alter the structure of the Executive and devolved units, Mr Mbadi admitted in an interview.
SEE ALSO :Aisha Jumwa officially kicked out of ODM“We know there are some proposals that will generate debate. If adopted, some of them will inform the ballot questions at the referendum,” he said. ODM is keen on a hybrid system that will change the Executive structure and create an executive prime minister post. This will give birth to a president and a prime minister who will share power. The proposal for 14 regions to be headed by premier governors, if accepted, will see most of the 47 counties merged. ODM, however, insists the counties will retain their identities. “What will change is the management of the counties because they will now be answerable to the regional heads of premier governors,’’ Mbadi said. Other proposals include devolving 45 per cent of national revenue to the counties based on revenue collection proceeds and retention of the 1,450 wards. Initially, ODM wanted the 1,450 wards reduced. It is not clear what informed the party’s change of mind. Some party members are proposing to reduce the number of MPs from the current 349 to 180 to cut down on costs.
SEE ALSO :ODM says Dori not yet out of the woods“If the issue of the winner takes it all is the problem each election cycle, then there is need to re look the root cause of the problem and resolve it within legal bounds,’’ he said This was informed by hue and cry from the Opposition leadership which claimed the current system only favored some ethnic communities and encouraged exclusion. The draft of the Constitution produced at the Bomas of Kenya Delegates Conference in 2005 suggested creation of a president, a deputy, prime minister and ministers. The proposals suggested that the PM would head the Cabinet and would be appointed by the President. This system, Mbadi told Sunday Standard, was modeled on a French or South African democracy model where Executive power is exercised by the president and State.
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