Kenyans have been waiting for the Building Bridges Initiative with bated breath. As expected, the document has attracted mixed reactions, with many misinforming the public about it.
Yes, the report offers some proposals that, if implemented, can help improve this country. For example, the proposal to reintroduce the position of leader of the official opposition, bar public servants from state tenders to shun conflict of interest and corruption, pay five per cent of recovered loot to whistles-blowers, among others, is a step in the right direction.
While the report attempts to address the issues of tribal animosity, it may not be the panacea of current political divisiveness. The current constitution, which was promulgated in 2010, has failed the test of time due to selfish political interests.
Regrettably, the Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission report, which was handed to President Uhuru Kenyatta by Amb Bethwel Kiplangat (deceased) in 2014, continues to gather dust in the government’s archive. The same fate befell other major reports. Will the BBI report fall victim, too?