Raila's party abandons powerful PM's post
SEE ALSO :It's now Ruto vs Uhuru and RailaYesterday, Sifuna said that there are many areas of improvement in the report and that there should be a sober discussion about the report authored by the task force led by Garissa Senator Yusuf Haji. He explained that the Orange party’s goals have not changed and that they are consistent with those of the BBI. Although some of their proposals were not considered, many of the recommendations in the BBI report reflect their thinking, he added. “We have always advocated the strengthening of devolution, realisation of gender parity, fighting corruption and empowering our youth and are happy that the report addresses these,” said Sifuna. According to Sifuna, Raila’s party is of the view that proposals that limit the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission returning officers to one election and restricting procurement officers to two year contracts would be counterproductive. Instead, the party wants focus to be shifted to prevention of malpractice and punishment of individuals as opposed to blanket condemnation. He also reiterated that BBI process remains people driven as ultimately all the issues on the table are for and about the people. “It has been resolved that we engage in an honest and sober debate on the many recommendations and that the party shall submit a detailed position on all areas to the BBI team of experts when the time comes.” Raila, who chaired the four-hour meeting, told the legislators and the NEC officials that they should do something with the second chance the BBI has accorded and not waste it in the pursuit of politics as usual. “Let’s take this second chance as an opportunity to throw off a legacy of corruption; tribalism, divisions, dysfunctional institutions and mistrust that have held us back for over 50 years,” said Raila. He reiterated his belief that the BBI, commissioned following his March 9 2018 handshake with President Uhuru Kenyatta to end conflict following the disputed 2017 presidential vote, is good for the country. In a thinly veiled attack on Deputy President William Ruto, Raila said that the recommendations as contained in the BBI report are not a threat to anyone’s political ambition. “The BBI gives us a chance to come up with a Kenyan economic model to secure full employment for citizens, especially the youth, protect Human Rights to counter systemic violations; end marginalisation of regions and communities by taking more resources to the grassroots while holding leaders accountable for those resources and increasing cohesion in Kenya,” he explained. He went on: “Nobody should have a quarrel with these goals. And these goals surely cannot pose a threat to anybody’s political ambitions.” “From here, what we should be debating is what to adopt, what to amend and what to discard out of the BBI proposals. We will task ourselves to sensitise our people about the journey so far, the report itself and the likely scenarios in the days and months ahead,” said Raila.
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