Nairobi, Kenya – President Uhuru Kenyatta has received the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) task force report at State House, Nairobi.
Speaking to a cross-section of national leaders, who included Deputy President William Samoei Ruto, Opposition leader Raila Odinga and members of the taskforce led by their Chairman Senator Yusuf Haji, President Kenyatta said the aim of the BBI is to build a cohesive, inclusive and progressive nation.
The BBI taskforce has proposed that counties be allocated 35 per cent of the national revenue, even when the Constitution provides that at least 15 per cent be allocated to the devolved units.
“While Kenyans are strong supporters of devolution and their counties, they also want better value for money and more money to be used for development as opposed to high recurrent and administrative costs,” the report says.
The Deputy President, William Ruto, while speaking in Laikipia County on Saturday is quoted to have said that, opinions of all Kenyans irrespective of their status matter and would be respected.
He asked leaders not to use the report to divide Kenyans on tribal or political affiliations.
On his part, the former Prime Minister, Raila Odinga urged Kenyans to read and familiariase themselves with the report.
“I commend the Building Bridges Initiative Taskforce team for the diligent work they have undertaken for the past year having visited all 47 counties. I urge you all to read and familiarize yourselves with the report once it’s publicly available starting tomorrow,” said Odinga.
The report is a product of the handshake deal between the president and the opposition leader at the steps of Harambee House on March 9, 2018.
It will be officially released to the public tomorrow, Wednesday, 27th November 2019 at the Bomas of Kenya in Nairobi County.
National Assembly Minority Whip Junet Mohamed says he remains optimistic the report will finally unite the country and urged Kenyans to support the President and former prime minister in their efforts to ensure peaceful coexistence of all communities.
“This is a rebirth of the Kenyan nation,” said the MP, who was part of the team that accompanied Mr Odinga to the March 9, 2018 meeting with the President where the deal was signed.
Prior to the handshake deal, Kenya had witnessed months of violent chaos where the opposition chief contested the 2017 presidential election results successfully but boycotted the repeat elections on account it was designed to be rigged.