BBI report at a glance: BBI report finally presented to President Uhuru,Odinga at state house,DP Ruto in attendance

Members of the BBI Taskforce take a group photo with President Uhuru Kenyatta receiving the BBI taskforce report at State House, Nairobi on November 26, 2019. The President has extended the taskforce's term|PSCU

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BY KORIR JUMA/PSCU,NAIROBI,26TH NOV 2019-The much awaited Building Bridges Initiative report  has finally been presented to president Uhuru Kenyatta  at State House, Nairobi.The  ceremony  held on Tuesday afternoon was attended by the  Deputy president William Ruto and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

The report, set to be formally released to be public on Wednesday, was handed over to him by the BBI taskforce Chairman Senator Yusuf Haji.

KEY HIGHLIGHTS 

According to the report ,the Prime Minister shall have supervision and execution of the day-to-day functions and affairs of the Government. The Prime Minister shall be the Leader of Government Business in the National Assembly.

Further, the Prime Minister will chair Cabinet sub-committees. In the exercise of his authority, the Prime Minister shall perform or give directive   to be performed any matter or matters which the President directs to be done.

The Prime Minister will continue to earn his or her salary as a Member of Parliament with no additional salary for the prime ministerial role.

The Permanent/Principal Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister will chair the Technical Implementation Committee of Principal/Permanent Secretaries. To avoid the politicisation of the Public Service, the Permanent or Principal Secretaries will not be subject to Parliamentary approval. Their accountability will be strictly administrative and technical.

Subsequently, the report also proposes the re-naming of Cabinet Secretaries to Cabinet Ministers–some of who will be appointed from among Members of Parliament.

 

President Kenyatta, DP Ruto and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga with members of the task force that prepared the BBI report. /PSCU.

Leader of the Official Opposition

The runner-up of the Presidential election, the report states, becomes an ex-officio Member of Parliament and the Leader of the Official Opposition if his or her party is not represented in the Government, or of a coalition of Parliamentary parties not represented in the Government.

A mixed cabinet

The cabinet is a crucial part of the Executive arm of Government. There is discontent with the current system, judging from what Kenyans told the Taskforce. The President will appoint Cabinet Ministers after consultation with the Prime Minister. The Ministers shall be responsible for the offices that the President establishes in line with the Constitution.

The Cabinet shall be drawn from both parliamentarians and technocrats with the latter being made ex-officio Members of Parliament upon successful Parliamentary approval.

The Taskforce is also recommending that the Cabinet Secretary be renamed Cabinet Minister.

To ensure more effective political direction and Parliamentary accountability, there shall be a position of Minister of State that will be appointed from members of the National Assembly and taking direction in their ministerial duties from Cabinet Ministers. These Ministers of State will continue to earn their salary as MP with no additional salary for their ministerial role.

Need for a strong opposition

The report further proposes that the party or coalition of parties that is not in Government shall be the Official Opposition.

Shadow Cabinet

The Leader of the Official Opposition shall be enabled to have a Shadow Cabinet.

Question Time

The Opposition will play a key role in Prime Ministerial and Ministerial Question Time sessions in Parliament. 

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