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10 Main Disturbing FACTS In The BBI Report.

FACTS In The BBI Report

1. A prime minister, two deputies appointed by the President

BBI Report has proposed expanding the national executive through these extra positions to ensure more inclusive leadership and end ethnic violence caused by the winner-take-all system.

2. Extra members of Parliament

The BBI Report recommended for a 360-member National Assembly, each elected from 290 constituencies constituting single and multiple-member constituencies, and 94-member Senate, being one woman and one man from each county.

3. Scrapping of a woman representative seat and how to achieve two-thirds gender rule

BBI Report proposes the removal of the post of county woman representative in the National Assembly, instead proposing party lists be used to fill the gender quota.

FACTS In The BBI Report

4. Judiciary ombudsman

The BBI Report recommends the establishment of the Office of the Judiciary Ombudsman, whose holder will be appointed by the President following the National Assembly’s approval.

The Judiciary Ombudsman proposed to sit on the Judicial Service Commission (JSC), shall receive and conduct inquiries into complaints against judges, registrars, magistrates, and other staff of the judiciary.

5. The Kenya Police Council

BBI Report proposes to do away with the National Police Service Commission (NPSC) and instead create a council chaired by the Interior Cabinet secretary.

The council, which includes the inspector-general of police, two senior members of the National Police Service units appointed by the President, and the Interior principal secretary, shall be responsible for overall policy, control, and supervision of the National Police Service.

6. Governorship candidates to appoint running mates of the opposite gender

BBI Report proposes an amendment to the Constitution to provide for the candidate of the county governor, in nominating a deputy governor, to consider a person who is not of the same gender as they are.

7. Political parties to nominate electoral commissioners

The BBI Report proposes that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) consist of seven members, four of whom shall be representatives of parliamentary political parties.

FACTS In The BBI Report

8. Resource allocation (equitable share)

The BBI Report proposes to expand the criteria for determining equitable share to also “ensure the average amount of money allocated per person to a county with the highest allocation does not exceed three times the average amount per person allocated to a county with the lowest allocation.”

9. Senate powers

On decisions of the Senate, the BBI Report proposes doing away with the concept of voting by the delegation in the Senate and consequently result in members of the Senate having an equal vote. BBI rejected proposals to make the Senate the upper House.

10. Health commission

The BBI Report report recommends an amendment to the Health Act to establish the Health Services Commission.

The commission is to make recommendations to the government on national policies for management of health workers, monitor implementation of national policies for management of health care workers by county governments and recommend appropriate action, and set and regularly review norms and standards on health matters.

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