BBI Report pdf and summary (Building Bridges Initiative, Kenya)

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Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report pdf was released on Tuesday 26th November 2019 by President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga. A summary of the constitutional changes recommendation will be updated in this page once the report is out

UPDATE: BBI Report was publicly released on Wednesday, 27th November 2019 at the Bomas of Kenya by President Uhuru Kenyatta not on Tuesday as earlier stated. Tuesday will be the date when the president will receive the report.

LIVE: BBI report launch at Bomas of Kenya

What is BBI?

BBI in Kenya means Building Bridges Initiative. It was started on March 9th 2018 after president Uhuru Kenyatta his closest competitor in the 2017 presidential election, Raila Odinga, decided to shakes hands and unite the country that was at the brink of war.  What is now commonly referred to as the Handshake in Kenya.

They thereafter jointly formed a team of individuals who held public participation forums across the 47 counties in Kenya to collect views on what changes Kenyans would want to see from the provided 9 agendas (listed below).

The bbi team collected recommendations from 7,000 Kenyans and compiled them in what is now the BBI Report that will be released on Wednesday, 27th November 2019  to the public for further discussion.

Depending on  the response from the public after reading the BBI report, Kenyan might have a referendum to amend the 2010 constitution resulting in change of government structure.

BBI report in Kenya, summary and full pdf of Building Bridges Initiative
Update on BBI report in Kenya, summary and full pdf/ Photo of presidet Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga 8th March 2018 handshake

Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) 9 point agenda

BBI Team collected views from the public based on the following 9 point agendas:

  • How to end Ethnic Division
  • Inclusivity
  • How to solve Polarizing elections
  • Safety  and Security
  • How to deal with corruption
  • How to deals with Lack of National ethos
  • Responsibility and Rights
  • Shared prosperity
  • Enhancing Devolution

BBI Report pdf and summary

Once the BBI report is released by president uhuru Kenyatta, we will share a summary of its content in this page. We will also attach the full bbi report pdf here so that you can download it.

Press statement on the release from the BBI Taskforce on the release of Building Bridges Initiative report
Press statement on the release from the BBI Taskforce on the release of Building Bridges Initiative report/Photo Souce

BBI politics

BBI being an initiative that seeks to cure political issues that have faced the country since independence, it is expected that three political groups will emerge. Those that support BBI, those that reject BBI and those that have no interest in it.

As it stands, Raila Odinga’s party ODM seems to be fully in support of the BBI while jubilee party is divided between two groups: Deputy president William Ruto’s supporters identified as  “Tanga Tanga” that started opposing BBI before it was released and president Uhuru Kenyatta’s supporters identified as “Kieleweke” that are in support of the BBI.

BBI Contacts

For any media inquires or contributions, you can contact BBI team through:

Uhuru Kenyatta launches BBI report at Bomas of Kenya

Delegates began arriving at the Bomas of Kenya early on Wednesday morning for the launch of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report.

However, there was a commotion as people struggled to access the main auditorium.

President Uhuru Kenyatta will launch the report that ushers a national discussion on the future of Kenya — which might shape, too, the Kenyatta succession and the 2022 politics.

The launch has brought together leaders from across the political divide.

The report seeks to address issues identified as vital in building a stable and united Kenya.

Among those present at Bomas are Cabinet Secretaries, governors, members of Parliament and County Assemblies, former legislators as well as leaders of political parties.

Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga and Deputy President William Ruto and President Kenyatta arrived at Bomas in Karen in that order.

Others present are ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi, Wiper’s Kalonzo Musyoka, and Ford Kenya leader, who is also the Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula.

Governors include Homa Bay’s Cyprian Awiti, Hassan Joho (Mombasa), Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega), Mutua Alfred (Machakos).

A host of former MPs –Erick Anyanga, Zakayo Cheruiyot, Ndungu Gethenji, Prof Philip Kaloki, Abdikadir Aden, Judith Sijeny, Abdiraham Ali, are among those present for the official unveiling of the BBI report.

Those lined up to address the delegates are MP Junet Mohamed, BBI Taskforce chairman Yusuf Haji, DP Ruto, and Mr Odinga before the President makes his address and officially launches the report.

Key issues to be adressed

The BBI taskforce officially submitted the Building Bridges Initiative report to President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi, on Tuesday.

Present were Deputy President William Ruto and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

Uhuru convened a major meeting at the Bomas of Kenya on Wednesday where the report will be officially released to the public.

The head of state invited about 100 leaders from each of the 47 counties to Bomas.

The report has the objective to, among other things, resolve ethnic animosity.

On March 9, 2018, Uhuru and Raila agreed on the nine points with an aim “to create a united nation for all Kenyans living today, and all future generations.”

Here are the nine issues BBI was tasked to address:

1. Corruption

Corruption is an existential threat to Kenya.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader  Raila Odinga promised to stand together to ensure that political affiliation shall not be used to shield those who are found to be corrupt.

2. Lack of a national ethos

Kenya is today increasingly being affected by negative politics.

 Uhuru and Raila said they will define and promote a national ethos.

3. Devolution

 Uhuru and Raila said they will work together to bring counties together regardless of the political affiliation of their governors, senators and MCAs.

They vowed to make sure that counties deliver to the people. They said they will work together to hold all county governments accountable to the people.

4. Divisive elections

Every five years, the country almost comes to standstill during elections.

Investment and economic activity slow, making Kenyans lose their sources of livelihood.

Political competition often escalates beyond vibrant debate into ethnic polarisation. Personal security becomes uncertain, and often there is violence.

5. Safety and Security

Many Kenyans’ lives are afflicted by natural and man-made disasters.

During the weekend, 53 residents of West Pokot lost their lives following a landslide.

 Uhuru and Raila have urged leaders, regardless of their level, in every part of the country, to stand up and demonstrate their leadership by making a practical effort to ensure that those who are hungry or in distress are aided.

6. Responsibilities and rights

BBI sought to ensure Kenyans have their human and civil rights respected and enforced.

“There is no Kenyan whose rights should be compromised no matter the interests against them.”

 Uhuru and Raila urged every leader, and every Kenyan, to embrace the responsibilities.

7. Inclusivity

Inclusivity is one of the greatest challenges Kenyans face.

 “Kenyans have failed to appreciate our God-given differences in how we think, the languages we speak, the regions we come from, and the way we worship.”

 Uhuru  and  Raila committed themselves to make the strongest efforts to find the right skills and attitudes from as many backgrounds and identities as possible.

They both committed to fight for inclusivity and to make sure, in an accountable and impactful way, that public institutions work to deliver to all Kenyans at the national and county level.

Nine-Point Agenda

8. Shared prosperity

In parts of the country, there are many who are doing well, and Kenya continues to be a leading destination for investment into the region.

Yet too many Kenyans lack decent income, and investment lags behind those parts of the world that have developed broadly shared prosperity in the last few decades.

“We have to do much better. There are blockages, and perverse incentives against innovation, growth and job creation in our economic system,” the leaders said.

Uhuru and Raila promised to work together to clear the aforementioned from every part of the country so that prosperity comes to all.

9. Ethnic antagonism and competition

Kenya has witnessed a continued deterioration of relationships between ethnic communities and political formations.

These relationships are too often characterised by aggressive antagonism and competition.

Uhuru and Raila urged every Kenyan, every political leader and formation to compete without using ethnic profiling or by promoting disdain for any group.

CJ Maraga misses BBI launch at Bomas

In Summary

It is not clear if Maraga was invited and snubbed the event or was left out altogether.

Chief Justice David Maraga was conspicuously missing at Building Bridges Initiative launch the Bomas of Kenya on Wednesday

Maraga appears to have made good his threat to boycott key state functions in what he termed as lack of respect for his office.

It is not clear if Maraga was invited and snubbed the event or was left out altogether.

On November 4,  Maraga vowed not to attend some state functions unless the government starts treating him and the Judiciary with respect.

“Unless I am treated with the respect I deserve, I will choose state functions to attend,” CJ David Maraga said during a press conference.

“The CJ is not accorded the respect accorded to his office.. CSs and PSs are cleared to enter in places before the Chief Justice.” 

Kenya will see the return of the position of Prime Minister if the Building Bridges Initiative Taskforce proposals are to be implemented in full.

The BBI team appeared to make proposals that would lead Kenyans to a referendum with all proposal made likely to come through Bills or policy changes.

Sonko heckled after complaining to Uhuru during BBI launch

Delegates present chanted BBI forcing the governor to cut short his speech.

In Summary

• Sonko further noted that organisers of the event had done a terrible job.

• Governor said there was a widow in upper hill who is being terrorised by cartels that needed to be checked.

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko was heckled at the Bomas of Kenya after he started complaining to President Uhuru Kenyatta in his speech at the Bomas of Kenya during the launch of the BBI report

Sonko, who had had been invited to the podium by the Council of Governors chairman and Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya said there was a widow in upper hill who is being terrorised by cartels that needed to be checked.

“Kuna widow ambaye bwana yake alikuwa chef ya baba yako.. tunaomba proposal yetu… kwa zile proposals tuweze ku deal na cartels…” he said.

But as he said this, the delegates chanted BBI, BBI… forcing him to cut short his speech.

“Hataa hii mambo naongelelea ni BBI. Jana wakati hii report ilitolewa nilifurahi kwa sababau uliongelelea joblessness …” he added.

Sonko further noted that organisers of the event had done a terrible job.

“…organiser wameanguka wote vile watu wanakaribishwa hapa ni mbovu… rais umekuwa ukinitetea sana nikidhulumiwa, ” he said.

Kenya will see the return of the position of Prime Minister if the Building Bridges Initiative Taskforce proposals are to be implemented in full.

The BBI team appeared to make proposals that would lead Kenyans to a referendum with all proposal made likely to come through Bills or policy changes.

The report proposes that Kenyans continue to elect their President who remains the Head of State and Government.

The report also says that the Deputy President should remain the principal assistant to the President and will be the running mate.

Live Tweets

Ruto to Kenyans: Ensure BBI is not hijacked by politicians

DP says there will be no inferior or superior opinions under BBI.

In Summary

•The Deputy President added that the report will form the basis for a united nation.

• Ruto also applauded President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga’s action to unite the country through the BBI.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto, ODM leader Raila Odinga and other leaders during the BBI launch at the Bomas of Kenya on Wednesday, November 27, 2019.
Image: COURTESY

Deputy President William Ruto has said the BBI report has covered the majority of the problems facing Kenyans and politicians should not hijack it for their interests.

Ruto said all Kenyans will have time to read the BBI report and highlight their opinions.

“We must be careful that this process is not hijacked by the political class and be made the project of sharing powers,” Ruto added.

Ruto said there will be no inferior or superior opinions and that every Kenyan will have an opportunity to read it.

“The BBI report will form national conversations where all of us as Kenyans can air views openly and frankly so that we can have an informed conversation,” Ruto said.

Ruto also applauded President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga’s action to unite the country through the BBI.

The Deputy President added that the report will form the basis for a united nation.

He also added that all Kenyans should submit to the rule of law.

“We must respect the institutions that have been set up,” Ruto said.

Ruto said the reform will create a united nation where the losers and winners will be part of the government.

He said the country must address the fear and the challenges of ordinary people and should not only be about sharing positions and power.

He said the country should avoid a costly, controversial and divisive process and that BBI taskforce confirms that it is possible to build consensus.

Senator Murkomen heckled during BBI report launch

In Summary
Members of DP William Ruto’s Tanga Tanga brigade appeared lost during the fully-packed event at the auditorium that attracted applause from participants and streamed live in most local television stations.

Leaders backing the unity between President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition chief Raila Odinga dominated speeches during the public launch of Building Bridges Initiative report at Bomas of Kenya in Nairobi.

Elgeyo-Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen was heckled when he said the Tanga Tanga team allied to Deputy President William Ruto had been sidelined.

It forced BBI taskforce chairman Yusuf Haji to intervene to calm down the delegates who were shouting at Mr Murkomen.

Apart from some members of the BBI taskforce who explained the report to the more than 4,700 delegates from all the 47 counties who attended the event, Suna East MP Mohamed Junet stole the show as he invited most leaders allied to President Kenyatta and Mr Odinga to the podium.

Members of DP William Ruto’s Tanga Tanga brigade appeared lost during the fully-packed event at the auditorium that attracted applause from participants and streamed live in most local television stations.

SPEAKERS

Others who spoke were Mr Odinga and President Kenyatta allies Gladys Wanga, Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya, Mombasa’s Ali Hassan Joho, Charity Ngilu (Kitui), Anne Waiguru, Kiraitu Murungi (Meru) and Mike Sonko (Nairobi).

Others were MPs Millie Odhiambo, Sabina Chege, Senator James Orengo, Kanu Secretary General Nick Salat, Cotu boss Francis Atwoli, ANC boss Musalia Mudavadi and Ford-Kenya’s Moses Wetang’ula.

National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale and Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen were the key Dr Ruto’s ally who spoke.

The pro-President Kenyatta and Mr Odinga allies praised the BBI report that had received lukewarm support from the Tanga Tanga group before it was presented to the two leaders on Tuesday.

CHANGING TUNE

The Tanga Tanga group has since changed tune and has shown support for the report saying it captured the ‘thinking’ of Dr Ruto and reflected the Jubilee Party manifesto.

The report, the group said, did not promise a political Tsunami as earlier warned by Mr Odinga.

The Tanga Tanga group, a faction in Jubilee Party, had threatened to campaign against the report if it did not address the interest of Kenyans.

Contrary to what had been anticipated that the report would propose formation of a powerful prime minister post with speculation that President Kenyatta would go for it when his second term ends, it envisages a ceremonial PM.

A jovial President Kenyatta, watched and times chatted with Mr Odinga and Dr Ruto as the event progressed.

Mr Haji vouched for the implementation of the report saying it should not be neglected like those of other past committees.

NINE POINTS

The BBI is a product of President Kenyatta and Mr Odinga’s handshake after a disputed 2017 election which was disputed by the former PM resulting to instability that nearly brought the country to a halt.

The 14-member BBI team that went round the country collecting Kenyans views had sought to address all issues identified as key in helping ensure a stable and united country.

The nine points contained in a joint communique issued by the President and Mr Odinga after their political deal on March 2018 included ethnic antagonism, lack of a national ethos, inclusivity, devolution and divisive elections.

Others are security, corruption, shared prosperity and responsibility.

We will update all the latest BBI news in this page.


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