How New Proposals May Change Kenya's Political Landscape

Spearheaded by President Uhuru Kenyatta and Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga, the Building Bridges Initiative proposes that the constitution be changed to introduce a new house power structure that includes the prime minister, deputy prime ministers and the leader of the official opposition, the latter being the runner-up in the presidential election. The Yusuf Haji-led team that prepared the report, says the national executive needs to be expanded to "promote greater inclusivity, and mitigate the drawbacks of the winner-take-all electoral formula". Deputy President William Ruto has sent the clearest signal yet that he will oppose recommendations of the report, by skipping its launch. 


President Uhuru Kenyatta (centre) in a show of unity with Deputy President William Ruto (left) and ODM leader Raila Odinga, during the launch of the BBI report at Bomas of Kenya in Nairobi on November 27, 2019 (file photo).

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