BBI: Pastoralist leaders oppose report

Garissa Township Mp Aden Duale Frontier Counties’ leaders [photo: Capital News]

Nov, 4th 2020 – Leaders representing pastoralist Communities in the country have registered reservations with the Building Bridges Initiative report that was unveiled in October saying that it did not capture their submissions and proposals.

Led by Mandera Governor Ali Roba and his Turkana counterpart Josphat Nanok, the leaders outlined eleven irreducible minimums that they want included in the report for them to support it.

In a joint statement, between the Pastoralist Parliament Group (PPG) and the Frontier Counties Development Council (FCDC), the leaders claimed that the omission of their proposals to the task force had reduced the region’s gain.

In a statement read by Mandera governor and chairman of the FCDC Ali Roba, “We demand that our issues form part of the Kenyan conversation and be included in the proposed amendments.”

Some of the irreducible minimum the leaders were talking about are gender equity, representation, needs of the persons with disabilities and protection of the community land among others.

The leaders also wasnt the Senate to be strengthened with delegation voting mode, the proposed ombudsman dropped and make the upper house with veto powers on constitutional appointments. they also want the proposed Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) selection criteria reviewed and Women Representative retained at the National Assembly instead of going to the Senate as proposed in the BBI.

Aden Duale, Garissa Township Mp said, “The IEBC should be an independent arbiter, if we must have a transparent electoral system. Let us build consensus and reason together.

The leaders are calling to President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga to open window for amendments of the BBI report.

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