The Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) team, on Tuesday, presented the much-awaited report to President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House.
In attendance were Deputy President William Ruto and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga among other leaders across the political divide.
Uhuru, Ruto and Raila all struck a reconciliatory tone noting that it would unite the country.
The President said the BBI had allowed the country to come together and reflect on the best interests of the country.
“We come together as leaders, as a country to ask ourselves where we are, where we have come from and truly agree together where we want to go as a nation” he said adding that “We are going to use the report as an opportunity to heal the wounds and create an environment that will make Kenya peaceful, prosper and make Kenyans feel included”.
Uhuru also dispelled claims that he wanted to use the BBI to extend his stay in power noting the lack of need to sacrifice the peace of the country for personal ambitions.
In Uhuru’s view, the BBI had set the way for long-term stability for the nation.
The Deputy President noted the event as a historic moment that united politicians to deliberate on the status of the country and forge a united front into the future.
Ruto, who thanked the BBI team, stated that Kenyans would deliberate on the report in a sober way.
“Because this is a very pregnant moment, from tomorrow going into the future, we will all be focussed on having a honest, democratic, inclusive, informed debate and conversation where no views are superior or inferior, where there is no greater or lesser, where all Kenyans can have a conversation that informs our future” he said.
Raila disclosed that the presentation of the report at Statehouse was only a beginning as more is yet to come.
“It is a beginning because these are proposals that have come out of deliberations with Kenyans. From here, we will begin a national debate and people are going to be free to make recommendations to correct the proposals that have been made. From this, a solution will be found that is home-grown” he said.
The BBI report, among other things, proposes that the President nominates a Prime Minister, whose appointment must be approved by the National Assembly.
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