In Summary
  • Since the report is ready, it is only logical that it is presented to the principals so that it can be released to the public for debate and action.

The joint secretaries of the Building Bridges Initiative announced a fortnight ago they had finalised their report and were awaiting submission to the principals, creating, at the time, the impression that there was urgency to release the report for implementation.

To date, however, the report, which has serious implications on the politics and governance of the country, has not been presented to the principals — President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition Leader Raila Odinga.

The BBI was birthed in times of turmoil and is an outcome of the handshake between President Kenyatta and Mr Odinga after the acrimonious presidential elections of 2017.

The handshake marked the end of bitter rivalry between the two leading political leaders and ushered in an era of peace and tranquility.

The team was tasked to collect and collate views from the public and advise on ways and means of ending the perennial violence that follows every General Election, with grave ramifications on the economy, peace and stability of the nation.

SPECULATION

That Kenya’s continued prosperity and progress was under eternal threat unless the causes of electoral violence were identified and resolved was the cornerstone of the BBI project.

Previous reports by various commissions — Waki and Kriegler — that were published after the 2007/8 electoral clashes warned that Kenya was sitting on a time bomb, and that unless urgent actions were taken to deal with festering social, economic and political wounds, tranquility would be untenable. That risk persists.

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