Thursday June 25, 2020 – Gatundu South Member of Parliament, Moses Kuria, has revealed eleven changes contained in the final Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) final report.
According to Kuria, the document is set to be released sometime next week and highlighted some of the major changes.
Kuria stated that the document will retain the 290 constituencies in the country.
However, nominated MPs are set to increase from 12 to 162 to take care of highly populated constituencies.
He notes that the President will be elected directly by the people to be Head of State and take charge of Internal Security, Defence and Foreign Affairs.
He will have a Deputy President with roles defined in the Constitution.
The position of Prime Minister is set to be reintroduced but will be voted for by Parliament and will appoint all other Ministers.
The Prime Minister will have two Deputy Prime Ministers.
He further stated that 50% of Ministers will come from Parliament with the rest set to be appointed outside Parliament.
One of the main aims of BBI was to change the winner takes it all system and according to Moses Kuria, the First Runner Up in a Presidential Election will occupy the best office of the Official Leader of the Opposition.
The First Runners Up’s running mate will be the Deputy Leader of the Opposition.
They will have a state-funded shadow Cabinet.
The Chief Justice position that currently has an ongoing duel with the Executive is set to undergo changes as it will not be part of the Judicial Service Commission.
Health and Agricultural Ministry functions will be reverted back to the National Government after being devolved to the Counties.
Moses Kuria stated that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Commissioners will be appointed by political parties.
With the formation of the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) that has taken over key functions of the country, the MP notes that Nairobi County will be abolished.
Another change contained in the document is that monies to Counties will be conditional grants from the National Government to ensure devolved funds are spent for the intended purposes.
If one has been charged, they will be unable to vie for public office.
The Kenyan DAILY POST