Opinion: Can we bury the BBI now?

Today the Court of Appeal final orders on the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) which has been a fixated feature of Kenyan politics since the Handshake of President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition Leader Raila Odinga. That shocked the people and made the BBI a possible targeted.

The Court of Appeals was in favour of the Judgement of the High Court. This meaning the whole BBI is an unconstitutional endeavour. The President did an unconstitutional act by initiating and promoting constitutional changes. The BBI Steering Committee was an unconstitutional and unlawful entity. Certainly, the same should be directed to the BBI Task-Force as well, but not mentioned in the pages dropped on Twitter.

So, again the BBI is said to be unlawful and unconstitutional. By that definition the whole process and all the time spent on this. Is a total failure of the Jubilee and Orange Democratic Movement (ODM). They acted without the popular demand and without the measures needed to amend the constitution. This being done by supposed scholars and lawmakers. The President a former MP and the same is Odinga. They have both in the halls of power and they should know the articles of Constitution. So, that if they wanted the Constitution to be amended, they would follow procedure and protocol.

Instead the peace-offering and the handshake was so powerful. That the two gentlemen and their parties felt the euphoria and wanted another high. They felt like they owned the Republic and could rule the world. Therefore, they thought they could easily change the rules and legislation without proper protocol.

Now it is evident that they did it the wrong way and not done by law. The gentlemen in question tried to change the constitution, by not following the same constitution they wanted to change. The President should have enough advisors and legal scholars to tell him what to do. Instead, he has tried to circumvent and used the BBI as a tool to get the amendments the leaders wanted.

However, BBI by this second court order it should be taken into a casket and put six feet under. The BBI isn’t only on the death-bed, but deceased and need to be buried. The casket is ready to be dropped. The reggae is now stopping.

What is striking is that this has been the main topic for the Second Term of President Kenyatta. This has been the real prospect and proof of policy during this term. Kenyatta and Odinga has invested everything in this. The Jubilee hasn’t delivered the “Big Four” or anything else they really promised in the 2017 elections. Therefore, the BBI was the …. gift that was giving, but now it’s just poison.

That’s because the BBI was built on a false premise. The BBI was fake and fraud, a unconstitutional constitutional amendment drive, which is epically backfiring. The leaders of men has not only failed this enterprise, but wasted the whole time doing this. The BBI is a proof of how not run government and pay-off your opposition. They are both losers in this… and the Kenyan citizens has paid the Committee and Task-Force.

Kenyatta and Odinga is the ones that needs to carry this cross. They have been working on overtime for this. Holding campaign meetings and consultations. They have hired people and acted like supreme overlords. However, nobody is above the law and even them has to honour the codes. That is what it striking here.

Lessons should be learned. The BBI should be school-yard example of how not make constitutional amendments.

Can somebody please bury the BBI and everything that reminds us of it. It has been an expensive and a time consuming enterprise leading to nothing. Peace.

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