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Uhuru Revisits BBI, Lists Major Losses He Believes Kenyans Have Suffered Due To Its Nullification

President Kenyatta stated that political stability is a continuous process that every administration must devote their minds to and protect. "Political stability is the most pressing problem facing Kenya today, and it is the basis upon which we can build greater justice, fairness, health, wealth, and security. As a result, it will happen," he stated. BBI was declared null and void by the High Court, which was later upheld by the Appeals Court, before its supporters took their case to the Supreme Court, where it is still continuing. 

Kenyatta reaffirmed his belief that Kenya is facing a constitutional crisis, explaining that his March 2018 handshake with Odinga was driven by the political stabilization theory. "Since the 2017 election, our country has been going through a constitutional crisis. The only remaining question is what we should do with that constitutional opportunity. How will it return to punish our country if we don't embrace it? Who are the winners and losers of this time if we embrace it? Today, we are confronted with the national question," he said.

The President expressed sadness that the courts had denied over 5 million registered voters an option to end Kenyan politics' winner-take-all structure, which is sometimes accompanied by deadly violence, by pronouncing the government-backed Bill invalid and unconstitutional. "On the First Amendment, the people spoke... the masses desired constitutional change, but a few guys in a backroom somewhere decided differently," he remarked.

President Kenyatta listed three major losses he believes the country suffered as a result of the nullification, the first of which is the loss of equality in resource allocation, which would have seen counties get Sh562 billion rather than the Sh316.5 billion allotted to them in the budget. Proportional representation, according to the President, is the country's second major setback. "The equitable allocation of resources among all groups is what proportionality is all about. And, among other things, we were concerned about proportional gender balance," he said.

According to the Head of State, the enlargement of the National Executive to accommodate a bigger face of Kenya and broaden representation was the third loss Kenyans missed out on. He explained that if the amendment had been passed, Kenya would have put an end to the winner-takes-all election results that had previously produced so much poison and tension.

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