President Uhuru Kenyatta has this evening given a State of The Nation address to Joint Seating of Parliament at the Parliament Buildings.
President Uhuru Kenyatta [Photo/Courtesy]
He touched on several issues including the state of the Kenyan economy, Covid-19, development, political stability, security, education, among others.
On political stability, he attributed the relative calm in political temperatures to his handshake with former Prime Minister Raila Odinga after the 2017 General Elections.
This led to the Building Bridges Initiative which came up with a constitutional amendment bill, the first ever under the 2010 constitution.
President Kenyatta said that the fact that the bill was passed by the national assembly and the majority of county assemblies is evidence that the Kenyan people want a constitutional change.
He highlighted 3 major benefits that the constitutional change would have brought;
1.Equity in resource allocation by increasing the minimum allocation to the counties from 15% to 35%. This would have ensure that 562 billion shillings is allocated to counties every year.
2.Proportional representation among all groups which would have ensure a gender balance in leadership by ensuring at least half of the senate members are women.
3.Expanding the national executive to capture the face of Kenya and bring to an end the winner-takes-all mentality during General Elections.
President Kenyatta further stated that he hoped this is not the end of a push for constitutional change, "I want to believe that what didn't happen will happen."
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