BBI is the talk of town as all Kenyans are discussing the report that was received by President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader, Raila Odinga, at State House, on Tuesday.
Interestingly, most of the politicians that were opposing the report are now vehemently supporting it. Those that were supporting it before it was made public have gone quiet.
Odinga, who had been rooting for the formation of a 3-tier government and switching to a parliamentary system of government, should be disappointed with the fact that none of these proposals has been included in the report.
However, the report proposes the creation of the position of Prime Minister who will be appointed by the President. The President still remains the head of state and head of government. The Prime Minister, who must be an MP, will primarily play the role of the current majority leader. Do we really need this position?
Away from politics, the report has proposed empowering the youth through minimizing taxation on new and small businesses by giving them a tax holiday of at least seven years. On corruption, 5% of the money recovered from graft proceeds should be given to the whistleblower.
We will be discussing more BBI proposals on Opera News
Here are the stories making headlines this morning:
Ruto, Raila Back BBI
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday secured the support of his deputy William Ruto and opposition leader Raila Odinga on the BBI report.
The three met the BBI taskforce at State House Nairobi when a copy of the report was handed over to the President. Sources familiar with the discussion told The Star that the three leaders addressed the taskforce ahead of today’s launch of the report to the public.
BBI Wants IEBC Team Fired
The running of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has again been brought into focus after the “handshake” taskforce recommended the removal of its current three commissioners.
The BBI team opines that the overhaul is necessary since the current team does not enjoy public confidence.
Joho Pressed to Name New Cabinet
Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho has not named his cabinet two weeks after the term of his entire team expired. This has sparked speculations about what is holding the naming of the new executive committee.
The entire cabinet left office on November 12 at the end of the ministers’ two-year contracts.
The BBI Report has proposed the creation of the position of Prime Minister who will be a Member of Parliament and will be appointed by the President. The President can also fire the PM any time he wants. Do Kenyans need the position of Prime Minister especially coming at a time when we feel overrepresented?