Leaders back extension of BBI taskforce term

Chairman of the Building Bridges Initiative Taskforce Yusuf Haji.
Economic Freedom Party has backed President Uhuru Kenyatta’s decision to extend the mandate of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) taskforce.

The party said the extension will provide time for Kenyans to fine-tune the proposals contained in the document that was made public at Bomas of Kenya last month.

Led by the national chairman Isaak Abey, the party made the declaration following a day-long convention held in Nairobi.

The outfit rallied the country to back the document, stating that it will help in fostering unity and prevent any election-related violence in the future.

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Uhuru and opposition leader Raila Odinga extended the mandate of the team chaired by Garissa Senator Yusuf Haji to guide the next phase of the process, which involves expanding and guiding public participation.

The 14-member team has also been mandated to structure the recommendations into implementable action plans that may result into a referendum.

EFP which is the dominant party in Mandera county on Sunday said they will seize the extension to give further views on the structure on of the executive.

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They said by expanding the executive the country will address the issue of inclusivity in the country.

“That President has renewed the taskforce’s mandate with terms to facilitate public participation is the best end of year present Kenyans would wish for. The fact that BBI is anchored upon the premise and principles of inclusivity makes it a sure bet for all Kenyans of goodwill,” said Abey.

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He said the BBI team should work on an Executive structure that promotes inclusivity but at the same time does not burden the taxpayers.

The party said the proposals in the report mirrors the region’s negotiated democracy that was deployed in Mandera in the run up to 2017 polls to ensure the inclusivity of all communities in the area.

Huseein Abshiro, another party official, said what the country needs is a system that will accommodate all regions.

“As a party, we are concerned with the wage bill but we support whatever arrangement that will ensure we get an inclusive model,” said Abshiro.

The report launched at the Bomas of Kenya has proposed an Executive that has the President, a Deputy President, a Prime Minister, and Cabinet Ministers appointed from among MPs and outside Parliament.

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