Mudavadi faults Raila remarks on March deadline for BBI rallies


Mudavadi faults Raila remarks on March deadline for BBI rallies
File image of ANC party Leader Musalia Mudavadi. PHOTO| COURTESY

On Tuesday, Amani National Coalition (ANC) presented its raft of recommendations to the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Task force Committee.

For starters,  Mudavadi’s party termed as reckless, calls by a section of leaders who were saying the BBI would be out within certain timelines whether Kenyans liked it or not.

The remarks came in the backdrop of  Raila Odinga’s  Saturday revelations that BBI rallies would end in March to pave way for a referendum.

Mudavadi insisted that Kenyans need time to ruminate on the important report in order to make proper and informed decisions.

On the BBI recommendations, the ANC party says that it supports the initiative of moving the nation from blood ties to ideologies by ensuring all Kenyans are included and that the BBI is not just serving the interests of a few.

He asked the stakeholders to look into the fatigue associated with the issue of setting up task forces whose reports end gathering dust and are never acted upon.

To solve the issues that arise during elections, Mudavadi recommended the revamping of IEBC as part of the BBI effort.

“No effort had been made to revamp IEBC thus far despite BBI being a product of electoral reforms/handshake,” He noted.

At the same time, he recommended that the government provides adequate funding to the IEBC drawn directly from the consolidated fund to avoid executive mischief.

IEBC in return, should be compelled to publish full electoral results within the election petition time frame for transparency.

To fight corruption, Mudavadi’s party recommends the strengthening of the assets’ recovery, adequate funding of the judiciary and frequent lifestyle audits.

The party also recommends the appointment of a Prime Minister from the President’s party and backed by one or two deputies.

Also proposed is the creation of the office of an opposition leader who will be keeping the government in check.

At the same time, Mudavadi’s ANC rejected the calls for a third-tier of government saying it only stands to burden the Kenyan taxpayer further.

The Coast region had proposed for the creation of a federal government in the region in addition consolidation of the region into an upper coast region and a lower coast region.

The upper region would be made up of Kilifi, Tana River and Lamu counties and a lower region will be made up of Taita Taveta, Kwale and Mombasa.

Such a scenario would see the creation of a three-tier model of governance; the National Government headed by the president, the Regional Government headed by Regional Governors and County Governments headed by Governors.

 

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