Why BBI Launch was overly dramatized

By RAPHAEL MUCHIRI WANJOHI | Thursday, Nov 28th 2019 at 15:10
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Yesterday, around 4700 delegates, along with the President of Kenya (Uhuru Kenyatta), Deputy President (William Ruto) and Raila Odinga convened at Bomas of Kenya to launch the BBI report. The event was highly dramatized for no reason.

You see, Raila has this outrageous urge to make history in Kenya. He has constantly called for constitutional reforms in Kenya for many years. The reason why he does this is to be like George Washington or Alexander Hamilton, some of the framers of the U.S. Constitution.

Did you know that the U.S. Constitution was created in 1787? But, initially, the U.S. used the Articles of Confederation until this document failed them. That’s when they decided to change the Articles to form the Constitution.

During the ratification process, the framers added the Bill of Rights popularly known as the first ten amendments. Before the ratification of the Constitution, 55 delegates met at the Constitutional Convention of 1787 in Philadelphia to discuss the parts of the Articles that needed to be changed.

I bet Raila knows much about this part of American history. This whole story of drafting the BBI report and launching it at the Bomas of Kenya is an imitation of what happened over 200 years ago in America. Inviting delegates and forming the BBI taskforce in charge of drafting the amendments are all ideas copied from this time in American history.

That explains why this BBI Launch was overly dramatized. Raila wants to make history and to leave a legacy as one of the framers of the Constitution, just like George Washington of Virginia or Alexander Hamilton of New York.

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