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Why new BBI report might stop Ruto’s 2022 reggae

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A referendum on constitutional amendments likely to be proposed by the Building Bridges Initiative team could be held in November.

The BBI task force said Monday it will be updating Kenyans on the progress the report ahead of the June 30 deadline.

“We shall issue official communication at an appropriate time covering the progress of report,” co-secretary Paul Mwangi told the Kenyan Digest on the phone.

 The 14-member team led by Garissa Senator Yusuf Haji is expected to submit the final report to President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga.

A sneak preview of the recommendations

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  1. 290 Constituencies to be retained
  2. Nominated MPs to be increased from 12 to 162 to take care of highly populated constituencies
  3. 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
  4. Prime Minister will be voted for by parliament and will appoint all other Ministers. He will have 2 Deputy Prime Ministers
  5. 50% of Ministers will come from parliament and the rest will be appointed outside parliament
  6. The First Runner Up in a Presidential Election will occupy the best office of the Official Leader of the Opposition. His running mate will be the Deputy Leader of the Opposition. They will have a state funded shadow cabinet
  7. Chief Justice will NOT be a member of the Judicial Service Commission
  8. Health and Agriculture functions will revert back to national governments
  9. IEBC Commissioners will be appointee by political parties
  10. Nairobi County will be abolished
  11. All monies to counties will be conditional grants from National Government to ensure devolved funds are spent for the intended purposes
  12. If you are charged you can not vie for public office

Last week, Uhuru and Raila are said to have visited the BBI secretariat at their offices in Nairobi’s Runda Estate where they were briefed on the progress.

Last week on Wednesday, National Assembly Constitution Oversight Committee chairman Jeremiah Kioni said the Referendum Bill, 2019 will be passed and assented into law by Uhuru in August.

The Ndaragwa MP said the bill, which will remove one of the hurdles facing the possibility of a referendum, is currently undergoing public participation.

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