“The BBI is therefore a mockery, a waste of time, a waste of resources and a rubber stamping exercise” (Orengo P: 24, 2019).
Again, there is a new light put on the handshake and the Building Bridge Initiative (BBI), which has no been investigated. I have taken out a part quotes of the September Report from the Uwazi Consortium. This is really showing the truth of the partnership, agreement and the supposed institution of the BBI.
This is really showing that the Jubilee and Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) or the Kenyatta and Odinga working together with this one. What is really striking is that BBI is built on a lie. Since, there is no structure or place where the BBI resides. There is neither a budget nor public documentation, other than the flimsy agreements between the parties. This shows that its a sideshow and not a real government portfolio.
Key quotes from the Report:
“The BBI task force has no known physical addresses for its offices. While sources indicated that its secretariat has offices at the Kenyatta International Convention Center (KICC) buildings, enquiries made at the reception of the same buildings did not confirm this. Nor does the task force have a website, postal address, telephone number(s) or email address(s). In the modern world, a website is perhaps more important than a physical address. As such, if an organization has no website, it is almost as if it does not exist” (Orengo P: 19, 2019).
“First, if the State is the one underwriting operations of BBI, it is important for the operational budget of this institution to be made public to give opportunity for relevant oversight institutions to test the budget performance of the Initiative against the constitutional principles of fiscal responsibility. Second, and more significant, the BBI is anticipated to make wide-ranging reform recommendations that bear on the governance structure of the country including the electoral management system and a the structure of the executive. These recommendations touch on the core of Kenya’s statehood and sovereignty and will only be effected by way of a referendum” (Orengo P: 23, 2019).
When you see what the Report says. It is really a mirage of an organization. The BBI is big-words, but no signs of existence. It is a paper-tiger. There is no proof of the jurisdiction, budget or anything profound. Certainly, this shows what Odinga and Kenyatta have built with this. They are building a insignificant house on sand and we can just await a storm. Than the non-existent building will be destroyed.
That is why the Technical Committee proposals is really big-big, but possible significant changes if their implemented. Which is both concerning the election petitions and the arrangement of the Executive.
Important BBI Technical Committee Proposals:
“Limit election petitions to one petition and one appeal(save for presidential election which ends at petition at SCoK), e.g. county/regional assembly: petition at High Court and one appeal at High court; others: petition at High Court and appeal at the CoA)” (BBI, 2019).
– Restructure the Executive to re-introduce a parliamentary system
• A president elected by a college of legislatures
• Functions of the President as defined in the Annexure
• A Prime minister and cabinet appointed as per annexure.
• Public service commensurate with the above proposals
– Provide for establishment of a national and regional electoral commissions, whose members are nominated by political parties” (BBI, 2019).
As we see, the organization is built on shady ground. Therefore, it is hard to feel the possible touches of BBI. As it is a mirage of the leaders in the Republic. They are not even showing the proof of its existence, unless your downloading the paperwork of the Technical Committee, the appointments and the agreements between Kenyatta and Odinga.
That is why, it is only the headlines, the comments made in the media. Alas, the organization wants to make adjustment for the republic, but per documentation. It doesn’t even exist. The BBI should show proof of where it reside, if it has a budget or even is just mockery of a handshake, which has created peace between to parties. However, there is no other proof of what it does or where it be.
That means, the Technical Committee of BBI could suddenly appear from wherever, the same can the minutes, the conferences or the planned reforms. Since, there is no natural existence.
The BBI should prove its place, because now its hard to believe anything it does. Another Ghost-Operation, I suppose. Peace.
BUILDING BRIDGES INITIATIVE – TECHNICAL COMMITTEE PROPOSALS, 2019
Ken Orengo – ‘“Captured” at ConCeption:The Unlikely Promise of BBI and the Quest for Reforming Kenya’ – Uwazi Consortium, September 2019)