In Summary
  • Business and job opportunities are largely a matter of open tribalism, nepotism and cronyism in a system that overlooks qualified individuals and professionals.
  • The task force could have suggested ways to promote efficient use of devolved funds, foster economies of scale, unify the people and lessen the burden on taxpayers.

In the aftermath of the Building Bridges Initiative report launch, the social and mainstream media is awash with sycophants and system apologists fiercely outdoing one another in making perfunctory and empty platitudes of the exercise.

Although many of them know the BBI was a wasted opportunity, they are engaged in this absurd ritual to endear themselves to the system.

In supporting the report, allies of the Deputy President, Dr William Ruto, seem to have chosen compromise over confrontation.

The BBI is elitist and exclusionary. Beyond the mysterious “handshake”, it has no demonstrable efforts for unifying a divided country.

The task force, secretly selected to duplicate the work of constitutional bodies, delivered a grossly underwhelming report with widely simplistic, worthless, absurd and impractical recommendations.

It is insulting that a broke country spent so much to be told it is wise to retain its constituencies and counties and that referring to Cabinet secretaries as Cabinet ministers was actually better.


It’s populist to suggest that ministers must use public facilities and services. That’s outright silly; we are a democracy, not a dictatorship.

And how would a Prime Minister appointed by the President contribute to the healing of a divided people, foster national ethos and end electoral fraud and violence?

Evidently, the BBI was designed to keep the country talking about nothing. Kenyans understand their structural problems, which date back to independence.

And it is not that we don’t know what to do. Over the years, expert-led and participatory exercises have generated strong recommendations which the system has strenuously ignored.

Many acknowledge that our problems are inherently linked to powerful groups that control the political, economic and judicial systems.

A bold and transformative report should have recommended ways of identifying, targeting, dismantling and destroying this nefarious structure. But this one chose to ruffle no feathers.


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