6 Major changes recommended in the BBI report

Several changes are set to be introduced in the Kenyan governance system should the Building Bridges Initiative report that was unveiled today see light of the day.

The document recommends a complete overhaul of the current leadership structure, introducing new positions and refining some of the existing ones.

At the helm will be the head of state who will chair the cabinet that will be compost of the Deputy President, the prime minister and the cabinet Ministers.

The president shall appoint a prime minister, from an elected member of the national assembly from a party with the majority members, or a person who has the support of the majority.

The Deputy President shall deputize the President in his duties, and shall also be the running mate to the President during the electioneering period.

The Prime Minister shall be in charge of all the Ministers, under his guidance the ministers shall collectively have the collective responsibility of seeing the running of the affairs of the National government.

He shall also be the Leader of Government Business in the National Assembly, chair cabinet sub-committees at the delegation of the president, any other duty as may be directed from time to time.

There shall be a Permanent/Principal Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister who chairs the Technical Implementation Committee of Principal/Permanent Secretaries, and shall not be subjected to parliamentary approval

 The executive also through the authority of the president will be mandated with determining the general policies of the government in government.

The leader of the official opposition will be a runner up in the elections, his party or coalition shall form the opposition with shadow cabinet, with the mandate of watching and questioning the prime, and other ministers during parliamentary sessions.

There shall also be a mixed cabinet drawn from both the legislators and technocrats with the latter being ex-officio Members of Parliament subject to successful Parliamentary approval.

There shall be the Minister of State, appointed from the National Assembly and taking direction in their ministerial duties from Cabinet Ministers.

However, the Minister of state and the Prime Minister shall earn their salary as MP with no additional salary for their ministerial role.

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Written by Fred Orido


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