BBI team meets ahead of Uhuru and Raila date
SEE ALSO :The curse of handshakeThis will consequently bring the number of Woman Reps to 94 in the National Assembly, and bridge the gap between male and female lawmakers in the House. The proposal is seen as a cure to Parliament’s failure to enact the two-thirds gender rule as provided for in the 2010 Constitution. Slots for nomination of both men and women’s special groups have been retained at the National Assembly, Senate and counties to boost gender parity. On the creation of a Prime Minister position, the team has proposed that the holder be appointed by the President from the majority party in Parliament. The nominee will subsequently be vetted and approved by Parliament before assuming the role of Head of Government, while the President will serve as the ceremonial Head of State.
SEE ALSO :‘How we saved Kibaki from Raila’This implies that governors like Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega), Hassan Joho (Mombasa), Alfred Mutua (Machakos), Kivutha Kibwana (Makueni) and others serving their second terms will have to battle it out at the national level for other positions after they leave office. Some of the governors have since declared their interest in running for the presidency. A proposal that could open a vicious battlefront among MPs is to reduce constituencies by 80 and maintain the original 210 that were there before the promulgation of the 2010 Constitution. Fewer MPs Apart from the reducing the constituencies, the BBI team is also recommending that IEBC reduce the number wards, which currently stand at 1,450. MPs could also lose authority to manage Constituency Development Funds (CDF), with our sources intimating that the money will be channelled through national and county government treasuries. Additionally, the team has proposed a legislative framework on curbing corruption as identified in the nine-point agenda between Uhuru and Raila. The BBI team has also suggested that to end ethnic antagonism and exclusivity in government appointments, a robust policy should be drafted to cure the ills associated with exclusion in the appointment to lucrative positions. The Memorandum of Understanding between Uhuru and Raila identified ethnic antagonism and competition, lack of national ethos, inclusivity, devolution, divisive elections, safety and security, corruption, shared prosperity, responsibilities and rights as the nine issues whose resolution would guarantee all Kenyans true citizenship and justice. During the launch of the Syokimau-Suswa SGR line a week before the report was completed, Uhuru spoke passionately about BBI and its mandate, and declared that he would go round the country to sell the proposals. But his deputy William Ruto and his allies have expressed opposition to the document, vowing to reject it if it is aimed at creating positions for a few individuals.
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