Opinion: Why you Should Reject Constitutional Amendments by BBI Steering Committee

I recently (August 29, 2020) wrote a letter to President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga titled A LETTER TO H.E UHURU KENYATTA & H.E RAILA AMOLLO ODINGA ON BUILDING BRIDGES INITIATIVE (BBI).

I highlighted the fact that Kenyans unanimously agree that the current 2010 constitution, if well implemented, is good for the nation and if changes are to be made, then well:

  1. It should reduce the number of representatives (both county and national governments) to the bare minimum (185). This, we agree, will reduce the unbearable wage bill, and the number of corrupt honourables looting our coffers dry.

  2. It should introduce a mandatory clause for implementation of the constitution to avoid a constitutional crisis, shenanigans, and intentional delays we have been previously treated to.


Pros

  • 7-year tax break for Youth-owned SMEs

  • Creation of the office of the Judicial Ombudsman

  • Recommendation to improve NHIF

  • Chapter Four on the Bill of Rights to provide a constitutional underpinning for the privacy of citizens’ personal data as an emerging area in human rights owing to significant technological developments in this area.

  • The Public Finance Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020. The Bill seeks to amend the Public Audit Act, 2015 to empower the office of the Auditor General to recruit its own staff. This will protect the office from external influence.


Cons

This notion that everyone else, but the presidency is the problem facing our nation is misguided. The presidency and their families have been accused, with evidence, for engaging in businesses with the state.


Borrow the American system where the president, deputy president, and their immediate family members are barred from engaging in business with a public entity or engaging in the public collection of funds.


Youth commission with no clear age limit for commissioners is suspect. It is only meant to validate the president’s recent appointment of 90-year-olds to head the youth affairs.


Every Kenyan wants the legislature trimmed to the bare minimum. This has been ignored, probably to avoid noise from the political class. But at whose expense? The sovereign power belongs to the people of Kenya and not some politician.


Reading the report you get a sense that, either Kenyans do not know what they want or their opinions were ignored in favour of personal interest. Like why was the need to mention only the Rift Valley region as among the regions that submitted their memorandum if this was a national issue? Was it meant to mitigate the growing descent from the region or to preempt them from claiming non-involvement as witnessed before?


Conclusion

Reading Building Bridges to a United Kenya: from a nation of blood ties to a nation of ideals it is, therefore, my personal opinion that:

  1. We need constitutional reforms but not under this regime.

  2. We should reject personality-based politics and start looking at ideologies and track records

  3. Only us (the people) can reclaim back our country even if it means taking it by force or by vote. Send the con-persons home.

DOWNLOAD A LETTER TO H.E UHURU KENYATTA & H.E RAILA AMOLLO ODINGA ON BUILDING BRIDGES INITIATIVE (BBI)

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Author: DON SANTO is a leadership and governance expert and president of the Klassik Nation.

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