Kenya’s BBI: The road to a new constitution 

26Oct 2020
The Guardian Reporter
Kenya
The Guardian
Kenya’s BBI: The road to a new constitution 
  • President Kenyatta, Opposition leader Raila Odinga rally together to promote peace in Kenya through the Building Bridges Initiative

In a move that sets them apart the World over, Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta and the leader of the country’s opposition front, Raila Odinga are on a campaign trail rallying for the country’s Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odinga hold out the final draft of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report after it was presented to them on 21st October 2020. The BBI sets the stage for a constitutional referendum in Kenya and is meant to be the umbrella document for peaceful elections and national development. (Photo curtesy of PSCU)

In a move that sets them apart the World over, Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta and the leader of the country’s opposition front, Raila Odinga are on a campaign trail rallying for the country’s Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).

The BBI is Kenya's attempt to promote peace, especially during election periods when the country has previously fallen into extended violence.  Through the BBI, Kenya hopes to reconcile their differences and set a host of laws that will govern them through a safe and peaceful election process.

Generally speaking, the BBI is a set of recommendations that are meant to help guide Kenya towards constitutional reform. It recommends a set of changes to the 2010 Constitution with a central goal of promoting peaceful elections in Kenya.

Speaking at various locations, President Kenyatta said the initiative will help Kenya in its development ambition ‘to have a more cohesive, equal and progressive Kenya.’

He said the BBI is a document that seeks to unveil Kenya’s development ails and in turn suggest solutions that will help the country achieve its goals.

“We don’t want to leave anyone out, we want all Kenyans to be inside the house, all Kenyans to be contented. And if you have something which you feel has been left out, tell us so that we can include it,” he told the masses.

“This document does not belong to me and Raila, it belongs to you (Kenyans). I want to plead with my political colleagues, this is not the time to create division, but the time for each of us to show leadership, the time to bring our country together,” urged President Kenya.

Backing the president, the opposition leader Raila Odinga said “…for 56 years we have not been able to fulfil the vision of our founding fathers which was peace, unity and progress. It is for this reason we sat with my brother and agreed we take another route to achieve it.”

Noting that the BBI report will help create a conducive environment for peaceful elections he asked the people to support the document and the recommendations therein, “…we will go up to referendum and we want 80 percent to say yes to BBI,” he said.

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