The new Highlights of the Building Bridges Initiative that has been published online. The 23 pages of the BBI Report. Which seems like revised edition of the 2019 release. The BBI got an extension in 2019 and is now a own Committee. Therefore, they needed to release something to viable and relevant.
The BBI is showing that they are planning to implement the same things as before. Now, the elected President will appoint an Prime Minister. There will be a Leader of Opposition, which is the runner-up of the Presidential Election. That person will be ex-officio MP. While bing part of the Parliament. These two ideas are alone just for the political elite and not to better society. This is simple ideas, where the political elite is creating two more offices and make them legal by law. Without them doing anything substantial to the issues that are there.
The BBI also will change the name of Cabinet Secretaries to Cabinet Ministers, which can also be technocrats, these being appointed leadership by the President. These will like the Leader of Opposition will become ex-officio MPs. That means they will get the perks, which the ex-officio MPs are getting. That shows the practicality of the scheme itself.
While creating a position of Prime Minister, the same BBI will abolish the Chief Administrative Secretary. This shows, that they are entitled with one role, which is more official, then the CAS is today. To add a mandate for one person. It is to give the PM more of a statutory role and in the end make the “Chief of Staff” redundant.
What is also striking is the sudden add of a Special Magistrate to combat Corruption. Corruption, which is eating up society and taking away valuable currency from the state and the operation of the state itself. The idea itself isn’t foolish. However, that will just be another office, which will combat the same problem. They also want to strengthen the Ombudsman, but the Director of Public Prosecuter (DPP) are not mentioned. The DPP is the one out there and the same with the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC). Therefore, there are already mechanisms, but they are not working, because its deliberately done so. So, to create another office… is just a smokescreen. It will not stop the cartels, the corruption and such. Only show-case the small cases, but the big-fish like always.
These are just my first view of the highlights of the BBI Report, which was released today. It wasn’t anything spectacular, but more a ordinary formula. Which has been used in a while. Nothing really surprising. However, a publicity stunt in a way.
Trying to make BBI relevant and assess the situation. The BBI is clearly not there to revolutionize society, but instead secure the elites. There is nothing else I can see in this. Maybe I am jaded, but I am not seeing it differently. As someone from the outside looking in.
The BBI seems to be saving grace for Kenyatta with the blessing of Odinga. Giving Kenyatta time to do what he likes, while Odinga gets to bask in glory. This highlights of the BBI Reports. Doesn’t sing any other song. It is the same tune, but with the same formula. Peace.