The Steering Committee on the Implementation of the Building Bridges to a United Kenya Taskforce Report has announced that the comprehensive report is ready and have since made a communication on the completion of the assignment to the Executive Office of the President.
The committee in a press statement released early this afternoon said now prepared to submit its comprehensive advice to the Government in line with the indicated times and venues, subject to the ongoing unexpected regulations on the prevention of COVID-19 infection.
The Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) task force comprising of 14 members were appointed through a gazette notice No 264 dated January 10, 2020, to steer the implementation of the report.
The terms of reference for the task force included conducting the validation of the task force report on Building Brides in a bid to unite Kenyans via consultations with citizens, civil society, faith based organizations, cultural leaders, private sector and experts.
In a addition, they were to propose administrative policy, statutory or constitutional changes necessary to be implemented for the report with special consideration of any relevant contributions made during the validation period.
The committee was scheduled to submit its comprehensive advice to the government by June 30, 2020 as per the gazette notice directive.
Below is their full statement;
30 June 2020
The Steering Committee on the Implementation of the Building Bridges to a United Kenya Taskforce Report has the honour to inform Kenyans that it has met its terms of reference as per the Kenya Gazette, Vol. CXXII—No. 7 of 10th January, 2020, Notice no. 264.
The Steering Committee, since the date of the gazetting, has successfully, (a) conducted validation of the Task Force Report on Building Bridges to a United Kenya through consultations with citizens, civil society, the faith based organizations, cultural leaders, the private sector, and experts; and (b) proposed administrative, policy, statutory or constitutional changes that may be necessary for the implementation of the recommendations contained in the Task Force Report, taking into account any relevant contributions made during the validation period.
The Steering Committee is now prepared to submit its comprehensive advice to the Government in line with the indicated times and venues, subject to the ongoing unexpected regulations on the prevention of COVID-19 infection. It has communicated the completion of the assignment to the Executive Office of the President.
The Steering Committee thanks the many Kenyans, who as part of civil and public institutions, or as individual citizens, shared constructive and far-reaching recommendations on how to use this process to build a more united Kenya. The Members are profoundly conscious of the importance of this moment, as Kenya, and many other countries around the world, look to undertake reforms that unite citizens, stabilise politics, combat corruption and offer more economic and livelihood opportunities to all.
The Joint Secretaries urge members of the press and the public to beware the flood of false reports that are already circulating claiming to offer definitive information on the BBI outcomes. The intention of such false reports us to divide Kenyans and to seek to capitalise on such divisions; they come from the very culture that Kenyans are looking to cure through this process. Please get in touch with the Joint Secretaries to confirm the veracity of reports, letters and press releases claiming to be from the Steering Committee.
You can get in touch for a prompt response at BBI@citizensupport.go.ke or, more immediately, by following and using our verified Twitter account @TheRealBBI.
Signed by Joint Secretaries Ambassador Martin Kimani and Mr Paul Mwangi