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Constitution change and ‘colonial virus’

By Gerald Kithinji | I think there is, hovering around us, a colonial virus. Whenever we make a decent decision to move forward as a democratic republic, the virus goes rampant. It holds us captive and nothing we say will move the affected leaders. They will quote violence, which in …

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The Real Story Behind the Hustler Narrative

By Dauti Kahura and Akoko Akech Deputy President William Samoei Ruto has hit the campaign trail hard. He has provocatively billed the next presidential election the “hustlers versus dynasties” duel, which broadcast journalist Joe Ageyo thinks is new to Kenya’s politics. In a Citizen TV talk show, Ageyo suggested that …

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BBI backers have hard task selling ‘Big Government’

By Dominic Omondi| It was the English-born, American political activist Thomas Paine who once said: “Society in every state is a blessing, but Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil.” Since the report of the steering committee on the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) was released, there …

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Where is the peace BBI promised us?

By Otieno Otieno The men and women on the BBI task force deserve credit for doing much more than they were initially asked to do. I think President Uhuru Kenyatta acknowledged that effort when he received the BBI report in Kisii, noting the team had suggested constitutional reforms as well …

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BBI proposals purpose-built for the 2022 Kenyatta II succession

By Kwendo Opanga Some things I know and many things I do not know. But this I know for certain: The political changes to the constitution proposed by the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) serve not the people, but the dominant political class. Kenyans struggled for close to two decades to …

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Hurdles to clear before BBI proposals become a reality

By Prof. Kivutha Kibwana Finally, the Steering Committee on the Implementation of the Building Bridges to a United Kenya Task Force has unveiled its second report, which features the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill, 2020; a raft of proposed public policy guides and administrative measures; as well as new legislative …

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Amending Constitution is a lengthy process

Although several attempts have been made to amend the Constitution of Kenya since its promulgation in 2010, none of them has been successful. The failure may partly be explained by the stringent amendment procedures set out in the Constitution. The 2010 document sought to create a rigid governance framework, so …

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Major Hurdles BBI Proposal Must Navigate to become Law

By Waikwa Wanyoike There is a lot to say about the report issued by the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) on the content of the constitutional proposals, including the proposals on the resumption of an imperial and overbearing president; ballooning of Parliament; the appetite for the President to take away the …

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Understanding the BBI Report – A brief Guide To The Proposed Constitutional Amendments

By Whispers Team An abridged version Yesterday’s report of the Steering Committee appointed to Implement the BBI Report Powerful President, Prime Minister Post And Reduced Parliamentary Budget: BBI Report At Glance (released last year) has recommended a number of Constitutional Amendments to deal with the issues identified in the BBI Report. …

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Isiolo County BBI Memorandum To the National Steering Committee

By Salad Malicha The Building Bridges Initiative to a new Kenyan nation is premised on the fact that Kenya has made progress towards consolidating its democratic landscape, but much still remains to be done in addressing underlying challenges that threaten the political, social and economic standing of the country. Our …

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