Senator Kipchumba Murkomen [photo: the star]
Oct, 26th 2020 – Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen and Meru Senator Mithika Linturi have emphasized that the Building Bridges Initiative is based on a winner-takes-all approach where the president will appoint the prime minister deputies.
This approach that they term imperial presidency is being proposed by the BBI to allow the winner of the elections to take it all. Mr. Murkomen said, “The BBI is advocating for the winner to take it all. It creates an imperial presidency where the President will appoint the Prime Minister deputies. Those wishing for an imperial presidency should first imagine their worst enemy as the President.“
The two senators have not opposed the report entirely since they are awaiting President Uhuru Kenyatta’s directive at the launch of the report today. He also said that ODM Raila Odinga should commit to respecting the will of the people and assure the nation that he will accept the outcome of the elections.
Senator Murkomen has further stated that the BBI should not be used maliciously in a manner likely to kill Deputy President William Ruto’s political ambitions. “After going through the BBI report, there is nothing to assure us that Raila will not reject the election results in 2022. If he assures us that he will accept defeat, we will support the BBI.“
however, Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya has called for the support of BBI quoting on devolution, that there will be creation of more constituencies and an expanded Executive.
Speaking at Laare in Igembe North, Munya said that there will be more development and increase in the amount of resources. “There will be more development in the grassroots because the BBI increases the minimum county revenue share to 35 per cent. Meru will also get more constituencies and underrepresentation in the National Assembly will end.“
Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya called for support of the BBI citing proposals on devolution, creation of more constituencies and an expanded Executive.
He said, “There will be more development in the grassroots because the BBI increases the minimum county revenue share to 35 per cent. Meru will also get more constituencies and underrepresentation in the National Assembly will end.“