Blow to Raila as Uhuru extends BBI task for a period for 6 months

In what might be a blow to Raila’s push for referendum in 6 months, the BBi steering committee will be required to give their new report by June 30th this year. The new report will offer a comprehensive advice to the government on how to implement the BBi report. Raila Odinga has said that referendum must happen within 6 months and with the Taskforce extension, it means any glamor for change will have to wait for the taskforce to conclude its mandate and give the way forward.

President Uhuru Kenyatta this afternoon gazetted the BBi steering committee which comprises of 14 members. The committee will be tasked with overseeing and developing the implementation roadmap for the BBi report to United Kenya Taskforce Report (UKTR).

The new steering committee was formed after Uhuru Kenyatta extended the terms of service of Building Bridges Initiative Taskforce committee after they presented their report to the President.

The BBi steering committee members are Garrisa Senator Yusuf Haji as the chairman. Other are James Matundara, Rose Moseu, Agnes Kavindu Muthama, Bishop Peter Njenga, Saaed Mwanguni, Busia Senator Amos Wako, Archbishop Emiritus Zaccheaus Okoth, Adam’s Oloo, Florence Omose, John Seii and Morompi Ole Ronkei.
The steering committee will hold public sittings to recieve information, views and memoranda from members of the public.

In a statement released State House Spokesperson Kanze Dena, the Steering Committee Taskforce is mandated to steer the next phase of the implementation the process.

The taskforce has come under criticism from members of the public considering it has no clear mandate especially have released its first report which was received with mixed reactions. There has been a perception by MPs allied to Deputy President William that the extend period of the committee is meant to doctor and water down the initial report to include the post of a powerful prime minister -a move they say they will not take lying down.

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