In Summary
  • Task force member Amos Wako said on Tuesday that the report will not be affected by political leanings or individuals as some people fear.
  • Mr Wako also said the final report that will be presented to the President will be informed by what Kenyans have shared with the team, not what individuals want.
  • He said a majority of Kenyans at the grassroots level rooted for inclusivity in governance so that the country moves forward in development and creation of job opportunities.

The Building Bridges Initiative Task Force will, at the end of its term, present a balanced report capturing Kenyans' aspirations on cohesion, government and constitutional reforms.

This is according to Busia Senator and former Attorney-General Amos Wako, who is a member of the team.

Mr Wako said on Tuesday that the report will not be affected by political leanings or individuals as some people fear.

“We have not taken position on the raging constitutional debate in the country because that does not form part of our mandate," he explained.

"We will capture what Kenyans have said on various issues relating to socio-economic and political development."

DEBATE

Members of the political class are divided on whether the country should review the Constitution ahead of the 2022 general election.

Deputy President William Ruto and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga have been involved in a public spat on the matter, with President Uhuru Kenyatta appearing to take the middle ground by avoiding the issue altogether in his speeches.

Some of the President’s close allies have, however, voiced their support for the proposed plebiscite, in what has been viewed as a subtle endorsement by Mr Kenyatta.

Mr Odinga, who is Orange Democratic Movement leader, earlier used his address at Chatham House in the UK to drum up support for the initiative.

The 14-persons BBI team was formed following his famous May 9, 2018 handshake with President Kenyatta.

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