Opinion: The BBI is a way to upgrade the political elite

Today was the official launch after the newest Building Bridges Initiative for National Unity Report was delivered. It is just mere days since it came to the public. Since the it has been praised and questioned. The motives are clear as day. That this Report will make the President more powerful and ensure the reign of the one will give way to a stronger Commander-In-Chief and Head of State. In a manner, which haven’t been seen in a while

The BBI Report also ushers in other positions, which is also appointed by the President. Also, others who are de facto weakening the independence of the Judiciary. Which is all things the current President wants.

They are trying to sell this a referendum the public wants or needs. The final stage of rejuvenating the Constitution to perfection. Ensure the bottlenecks and the failing issues are closed. They are sealing of the quarters, the National Assembly and giving doughnuts to counties. That is just the mere reality. In a way to make it a national need, instead of the elites with a few wordings. While the biggest changes are in-connection with the Presidency and the Higher Ranking positions. Which all will benefit the political elite. They will make things more stable, but give the President more power.

The BBI has been a way to make Raila Odinga a Kingmaker and made him government spokesperson. Odinga have become a man who works for the government, while his party been officially the Leaders of Opposition, which is a juxtaposition, if there ever was one. It has sidelines Deputy President William Ruto, but he will now jump on the train to sing this reggae too.

President Uhuru Kenyatta bough a piece of mind with the Handshake. He brought the Opposition to a standstill and soften the blow of the fraudulent elections of 2017. It has given him a free space and only offered tokens to the opposition. This is why he hasn’t faced anything of substance or such. That is why this BBI is favouring his needs and what he wants.

Kenyatta is getting all the things he wished he had. Because, he never accepted the powers given to the Judiciary and the Courts. Neither, has he approved of the things that has given his less power as the Executive. Uhuru wanted so much more and not just having partial power. That is why his all for these changes. It would be a blessing for him and therefore, it is the sort of legal changes, which he wants to anoint in his term.

The BBI is an exercise for a very limited few. They might say it is for the public and the betterment of the public. They have a few anecdotes and words, which reflects the needs of Kenya. However, they are minor, but the important are the ones that affects the central leadership. These are the ones winning in this battle and the BBI is for them.

This here isn’t for the poor of Kisumu, Lodwar, Marsabit, Wajir, Kilifi or in Lamu. No, this is for the political elites of Nairobi. This is troubles made for the political elites and their dynasties. The BBI is the upper echelon and the cartels. They claim maybe to serving the public doing this, but the ones gaining from this is the big-men. The loser is the general public who are pawns in their game.

Just like the rigged elections took the public for granted. The same does the BBI. It is just all flair, show and a circus sprinkled with a power move for the almighty. There are no generosity or charity here. Only a poignant fact that the ones in power intends to stay and use their time to consolidate it.

The BBI is a trick, which is there to fool. They come with the idea, ideals and ethical conundrums, but the key aspects is to deliver more to the most high. Peace.

Kenya: Kongamano La Mageuzi (KLM) – Kenyans, Don’t Be Fooled: Reject the BBI Nyayosi (25.10.2020)

Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharamacists and Dentists’ Union: KMPDU Statement on Building Bridges Initiative Report (22.10.2020)

The BBI Report: The highlights of elite ideals

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.

Kenya: Cabinet Despatch (16.10.2020)

It should have been “Cabinet Dispatch” right?

Transparency International Kenya: Elected Leaders Remain Inaccesibile to the Public (15.10.2020)

Kenya: The National Treasury and Planning – Press Statement by the Cabinet Secretary National Treasury and Planning on Disbursements of Funds to County Governments (13.10.2020)

Kenya: Twelfth Parliament – Fourth Session – The National Assembly – Press Release – The Petition to the National Assembly by the Law Society of Kenya and United Green Movement with Respect to the Advisory of Dissolution of Parliament (12.10.2020)

Joint press statement: Transparency is the much needed vaccine to save more lives in Kenya (08.10.2020)

Kenya: Government Statement – National Security Advisory Committee (NSAC) – (07.10.2020)