After the long-awaited Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report presented to President Uhuru Kenyatta and the opposition chief Raila Odinga at Statehouse on 26 November and the public at Bomas of Kenya on Wednesday 27 November has raised questions of some politicians fate.
The BBI report proposes the creation of the prime minister position but the shocking detail is that the prime minister is to be appointed by the president from the elected Members of Parliament.
The report reads, “Establishing the position of prime minister in the same model as used by Tanzania. He shall be appointed by the president from the party or coalition of parties that are a majority in the National Assembly.”
“And if no party has a majority, the person who appears to have the support of a majority of the members of the National Assembly. He must be confirmed by the National Assembly. He may be fired by either the president through a decree or by the National Assembly through a vote of no confidence,” the report further states.
The big question that is disturbing some political figures is that what would happen if President Kenyatta and the Opposition Chief Raila are interested in the PM position.
During President Kenyatta’s Sagana State Lodge meeting with the Mount Kenya region leaders, he stated that he would not mind the prime minister’s role if given that opportunity.
According to the former Kakamega Senator, Boni Khalwale’s interpretation of the BBI report addressing the PM position established that President Kenyatta would have to vie as an MP in order to be appointed as PM.
“What I understand is that the PM must be an elected Member of Parliament,” Khalwale said.
But the disturbing questions are Would it be from Gatundu South? And if so, what would happen to the incumbent, Moses Kuria? And if Raila decided to run, would it be from Kibra or Lang’ata? If Kibra, what next for Bernard ‘Imran’ Okoth?
In such a scenario, President Uhuru would go up against Kuria, whom he handpicked for the seat in 2013, Raila would go up against Imran, whom the ODM Party rigorously campaigned for in Kibra.