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5 Reasons Why The BBI Report Should Be Rejected

With thousands losing their jobs, we all agree that Kenya is in a really bad place today. As such, you'd expect the economic empowerment...

With thousands losing their jobs, we all agree that Kenya is in a really bad place today. As such, you'd expect the economic empowerment of the people to be the priority of the government, right? Well, you couldn't be more wrong!


The priority of our government (since it entered an unholy alliance with the opposition) is to change the constitution. Yes, expanding the Executive to create positions for tribal overlords is of utmost significance. 

I know, considering the present circumstance, you'd expect BBI Report not to feature anywhere. But then again, this is Kenya where those in authority believe it's their interest or no interest at all. And so, forcing BBI Report down our throats is the main thing. 

To make matters even worse, the proponents of the BBI Report insist there is no room to make the document better. It is cast on a stone they say. 

That leaves you with two options; to oppose or to oppose the document. 

In this simple post, I'll share five reasons why I believe the BBI Report should be rejected with the contempt it deserves. 

1. BBI isn't a priority


You'll agree with me that a country that's currently recording thousands of infections every day can't have a constitutional amendment as a priority. More so when the amendment has very little to do with mitigating the pandemic but a shameful scheme to share power. 

In a normal country, we'd be obsessed with how to get people their jobs back and provide financial stimuli. Finding reliable health solutions to the pandemic should take center stage. 

To talk about changing the constitution when the majority cannot even afford a square meal is immoral from whatever angle you look at it! 

Pushing for BBI Report is just insensitive if not disrespectful. 


2. BBI is a waste of resources 


From the billions already spent on the so-called collecting of views and Reggae Rallies to the expected referendum, the whole process is wasteful. As I said, the billions could be used to change lives not massage the overblown egos of leaders. 


For instance, how does a graduate teacher who's yet to be absorbed by TSC (due to lack of funds) feel when they read that we're planning to spend 14 billion to create positions for ethnic leaders? Isn't that a hot slap on the face?


In my view, we are too broke to be spending little resources on non-issues like the political future of some leaders. 

3. BBI Report Retrogressive


Kenyans have, for the past 30 years or so, struggled to get rid of an Imperial Presidency. We've always wanted an Independent Police Service and the Judiciary. Most importantly, we've gone through enough pain to have an Electoral Body or System that is without bias.

What does the BBI Report propose? Well, they want a police service that takes orders from a Minister. As if killing the independence of the police isn't enough, BBI proposes that IEBC be made of political appointees. 

If you thought that was too messed up, think again. The Report wants a judiciary that is monitored by an appointee of the Executive (aka ombudsman). That way, you have a bench too scared to act against the wishes of the executive. 

Instead of improving things, BBI is taking us back into the dark ages. 

4. BBI meets no objective


Of the 9 things the President and Raila Odinga listed, inclusivity is promoted as the main object of the BBI. So, has the Document shown how we can achieve that?

Let's take the positions they are so desperate to create, for instance...

There is no law against having the President, Prime Minister, and the 2 Deputy Prime Misters from one ethnic group or region. In fact, they'll come from one party/coalition. 

How inclusive is that? 

Related: Ruto's speech during the launch of BBI

Again, nothing stops the president from firing the PM and his Deputies whenever he/she likes. What if the fired leaders are from another community? Won't the communities feel 'cheated'?

Another significant flop is how a country of over 40 ethnic tribes is supposed to feel included just because 5 tribes are sharing the top positions. 

5. It's is Highly  Divisive


From the arrogance with which the Building Bridges Initiative was instituted to the thorax with which the Report is being forced on Kenyans, everything has been designed to achieve an us-vs-them scenario.

The same people who are purporting to unite the country badly want a contested process that they had to reject the first BBI Report simply because no one opposed it. It's that desperate. 

I believe that if their perceived enemies were to accept the BBI Report as it is, they'd start another round of collecting views.

Conclusion


From the look of things, you can see that we don't have the need for constitutional reviews neither do we have the money to waste such a process. However, we have a government that is singing the tune of the opposition with the hope of extending their term. 

That means a very unpopular process eats into our tight budget. 

We are being asked to pass a document that downgrades the senate then sends women to it and calls it women empowerment. You are supposed to support the police force and a judiciary that is micromanaged by the Executive. 

Finally, you have to endorse a document that puts the fate of IEBC in the hands of a few political parties. 


Is that something you can, with a clean conscience, support? Would you wake up to vote for such a joke in a forced referendum?

I wouldn't and so should you. 

Anyway, feel free to share your take on the BBI Report via the comment box. I'll do my best to engage you here.

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