A change of heart for a man who opposed Azimio leader Raila Odinga's demand for constitutional modification through the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) is indicated by President William Ruto's latest power move.
After the infamous handshake between former presidents Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga on March 9, 2018, the initiative proposed significant amendments to the 2010 Constitution in an effort to address the issue of "winner gets it all" after elections.
BBI had suggested an increase in the size of the Executive to add a position for the prime minister and two vice presidents. Among other things, it suggested that some Cabinet Secretaries be chosen by the parliament.
At the BBI launch in Bomas of Kenya, the President questioned how the idea of appointing a Prime Minister would address the issue of inclusivity given that all appointments would be made by the Head of State.
"The President will choose the prime minister and two vice presidents from the victorious alliance. The opposition leader will then be the second-place finisher. Have we resolved the "winner gets it all" issue, is the query I have in mind. Ruto enquired.
During the BBI's debut, Ruto, who vehemently opposed the initiative, also urged its supporters to start a candid conversation about inclusivity in order to include the millions of poor and jobless Kenyans.
The Head of State, however, seems to have substantially borrowed from Raila's BBI strategies after winning the August general election in order to find a method to reward his close allies while maintaining racial and regional balance within the Kenya Kwanza coalition.
First, on Tuesday, September 27, President William Ruto proposed Musalia Mudavadi for the job of Prime Cabinet Secretary. The former prime minister Raila Odinga advocated for Mudavadi's position in the BBI, and the President mentioned it at the appointment as being the most influential position following the presidency.
The Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), according to former United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party vice-chairperson Kipruto Arap Kirwa, is being introduced by the backdoor by the Ruto administration on Tuesday, October 4.
"In my opinion, William Ruto's administration is trying to implement the BBI covertly. They have established the office of prime minister, albeit without two deputies, and are now constructing seats for assistant ministers, which they are referring to as CA.
In a historic decision, the Supreme Court upheld unanimously the High Court's ruling that the BBI was illegal, invalid, and useless.
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