BBI is going Up A notch.

https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2019-11-15-uhuru-i-never-thought-id-see-kibra-hold-peaceful-campaigns/

President Uhuru Kenyatta arrives at Sagana on Friday, November 15, 2019.

Ruto has been declaring war on BBI and Raila because he claims in the Kibra election, Raila ODM unleashed electoral violence and therefore the BBI movement has to be dead here and now.

Now President Uhuru comes publicly to announce that he has never seen or imagined of such a peaceful election in Kibra.

In the Kibra election, Ruto thought he had a two edged sword with both sides working for him.

It could turn out this is a three edged sword.

Oh my.

Ruto’s strategic plan was they go and beat Raila in Kibra and then tell Uhuru, you see we can beat Raila even single handed. Don’t worry about him. Support me.

Plan B for Ruto and his clueless strategists was if they lose Kibra they would go hyperbole about how violent and terrible Raila and ODM was and that Jubilee had no reason to work with this monster called Raila.

Ruto and co have been in a rampage about so called Kibra violence by ODM even though it was Ruto’s commander in Chief in Kibra Bonny Khalwale was the one in pictures and videos collecting stones from the sewage lines.

I have no idea how much raw sewage Khalwale collected in his effort to go to war for Ruto. Look at the pictures.

Former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale captured with stones

Then Ruto’s primary political thinker and sycophant who is also the majority leader in the senate Mr. Murkoman declared that he will not even move a BBI item in the senate unless Raila apologizes for the alleged violent crimes committed by ODM in the Ruto loss in Kibra.

Now the president comes up says the Kibra bye election was peaceful and a pointer to the future of a peaceful Kenya.

Helo Ruto and Markomen. Are you with your president and party leader or not.

Tough question. I know.

One thing is for sure. Uhuru is going with BBI. What does Ruto do now?

What gives.

https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2019-11-16-shut-up-and-dont-sabotage-bbi-uhuru-tells-mt-kenya/

How about Fatoumata Diawara to close all this down.

Just great. Isn’t she?

By adongoogony Posted in kenya

7 comments on “BBI is going Up A notch.

  1. Uhuru is letting it out there. I think by tomorrow I will give my two cents on this BBI thing.

    I said before and I still think the same today that Ruto’s war with Raila in the presidential election 2022 may never happen at all. This is shadow boxing

    This could the most wicked curve ball of all. I think Waiguru is in the thing, Matiang’i is in this thing and Uhuru and Raila are somewhere there.

    But Uhuru having this amount of fun at the expense of his DP is brutal:

    https://www.nation.co.ke/video/news/4146788-5365126-yioq2/index.html

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    • 6. Shared Prosperity
      7. Corruption
      8. Devolution
      9. Safety and Security
      10. Commissions and Cross Cutting
      Issues
      11. Notable issues

      LACK OF NATIONAL ETHOS

      A nation is founded on a national ethos. This can only be established by
      common goals and aspirations.

      We need to build a common vision of Kenya and formulate the goals we want to pursue as a nation. To achieve this, we should;

      1. Write the official history of Kenya as a nation. We must go way back in time
      and trace ourselves from all corners of Africa into Kenya, understand why
      our ancestors left where they came from and what they were looking for
      when they began migrating to this frontier?

      We must look for our common vision in the dreams of our ancestors.

      2. We must begin to think big and long term. Our vision of this country must go
      beyond our lives into three generations ahead.

      We must have plans that see beyond 100 years. And we must believe that there is something
      transformative we can contribute to African civilizations.

      3. We must be confident in our African skin and we must strengthen our
      African identity by promoting our cultures and traditions.

      i. Revamping the Kenya National Archives and Documentation Service and
      re-naming it in to the Official Historian and National Archive Service.

      It will promote research and analysis of us and our history by collecting all
      information about the peoples of Kenya and providing that information to
      the school curriculum and to teachers and researchers.

      ii. Strengthen the Ministry of Culture and Heritage which is currently treated
      as a peripheral government activity.

      The challenge of building a nation out of Kenya falls on this Ministry.

      iii. Replace Boxing Day, 26th December, with a national cultural day.

      iv. Promote the respect of elders.

      4. Promote Ethics in the country by

      i. Teaching the children how to serve and take responsibility by
      establishing a National Volunteer Network that links young people
      to volunteer opportunities.

      ii. Teaching ethics as a compulsory subject throughout the schooling
      curriculum from nursery to university.

      iii. Removing the ethics mandate from the Ethics and Anti-corruption
      Commission and giving it to the NCIC

      iv. Renaming NCIC as the Ethic Commission to oversee the promotion
      of Ethics in the Kenyan Nation.

      v. Including teachings of the national values and principles as part of
      every ethnic culture and particularly as part of the teachings during
      rites of passage.

      vi. Implementing the current enforcement mechanism under the
      Leadership and Integrity Act, even as we discuss hot to strengthen
      it.

      RESPONSIBILITIES AND RIGHTS

      Kenyans have fought for their rights before and after independence and we
      have a very comprehensive Bill of Rights to protect these rights.

      However, we do not have a healthy regard towards our responsibilities as citizens to
      promote our rights and those of others. We must realize that we are the
      wenye-nchi and take responsibility for our country.

      To ensure we all meet our responsibilities to self, family, community and
      country, we should do the following.

      1) Write out a Charter of Citizen Responsibilities that lay out the
      responsibilities to be borne by the Kenyan citizen to himself, family,
      community and country.

      2) Establish and run programs for continuous and widespread civic education
      on rights and responsibilities.

      3) Inculcate in children a culture of responsibility by devising and operating
      voluntarism programs in schools whereby they help communities and
      institutions near the school.

      4) Subjecting all cabinet Secretaries and Principal Secretaries and their families
      to the public institutions run by government. If public institutions are not
      good enough for them, then they are not good enough for Kenyans.

      5) Developing a parenting curriculum and teaching parenting in religious
      institutions, health centers and other social, governments and cultural
      institutions. Raising healthy and responsible children in a fast changing
      society is becoming an increasingly complex undertaking

      f) Encouraging young Kenyans between the age of 18 to 26 years to volunteer
      six months of their life to serving Kenyans on a voluntary basis.

      The national volunteers’ network would enroll them and assist them to get the
      opportunities.

      g) Domesticate Articles 27, 28 and 29 of the African Charter on Human and
      Peoples Rights. These articles provide for the responsibility of the citizen to
      their family, society, State and international community

      ETHNIC ANTAGONISM AND COMPETITION

      Kenya is a nation of diversity and this has often led to misunderstanding and
      conflict. We need to find ways of managing our diversity particularly during
      competition for power otherwise it will lead to our collective ruin.

      To prevent these ethnic conflicts in Kenya, and promote harmony and
      peaceful co-existence between persons of diverse ethnic societies, we should:

      1. Educate Kenyans on their diverse cultures and traditions and
      formulate a school curriculum that teaches students about the cultures
      and traditions of every ethnic community in Kenya.

      2. All public boarding secondary schools must enroll 50% of its student’s
      population from outside the county.

      3. Do away with “winner takes all” model of presidency and establish a
      more inclusive political system.

      4. Ensure that all resource sharing criteria at all levels ensure fair
      distribution between citizens per capita to reduce conflicts over
      resource allocation.

      5. Accelerate the process of East African Community Confederation in
      order to expose Kenyans to other ethnic communities and remove the
      narrow minded local ethnic competition.

      6. Strengthen the office of the Registrar of Political Parties to enable it
      deal with the problem of ethnicization of politics in Kenya by
      immediately recruiting and appointing a substantive Registrar who
      can be independent, assertive and proactive.

      DIVISIVE ELECTIONS

      Elections in Kenya have become a curse. One year before every General Election,
      Kenya becomes tense, unsafe and economic activity stops. After every election,
      violence breaks out and lives are lost.

      Normalcy returns one year after elections.

      In Kenya, despite all attempts made to decentralize decision making and resource
      allocation, there is still a strong believe that the presidency leads to an unequal
      allocation of resources and opportunities between ethnic communities.

      In these circumstances, a winner take all political system has only sharpened the
      ethnic competition for the presidency as people want one of their own as president
      since resources go with the presidency.

      To stop elections from becoming a do or die event, we must have a more inclusive
      political system where more communities get a chance to play a role in governing
      Kenya.

      We should therefor:

      1. Change the nature and structure of the national executive to make it more
      inclusive and ensure as many Kenyan communities as possible feel part of the
      government by ;

      i. Establishing the position of Prime Minister in the same model as used by
      Tanzania.

      He shall be appointed by the President from the Party or
      Coalition of parties that are a majority in the National Assembly, and if no
      party has a majority, the person who appears to have the support of
      majority of the members of the National Assembly.

      He must be confirmed by the National Assembly. He may be fired by either the president
      through a decree or by the national Assembly through a vote of no
      confidence

      ii. Establishing the office of the Leader of the Opposition who will be the
      runner up of the presidential election. He shall become an ex-officio
      Member of Parliament. If the runner up forms a coalition with
      government, then the leader of the Opposition shall be the person who
      leads the coalition of parliamentary parties not represented in
      government.

      All political parties not in government shall be deemed to be
      in the opposition.

      iii. Providing that the Cabinet shall be a mix of elected members of the
      National Assembly and technocrats. Where appointed, technocrats will be
      ex-officio members of parliament.

      The president shall determine the ratio of elected members and technocrats in the cabinet. When members of parliament are appointed as ministers, they will only get an extra
      responsibility allowance and not a second salary.

      iv. Renaming the position of Cabinet Secretary back to Cabinet Minister
      because Kenyans have over the decades associated the word “Minister”
      with authority in the National Executive.

      v. Where necessary, the president can appoint some members of parliament
      as Ministers of State to assist Cabinet Ministers in their work at the
      National Assembly. This assignment will not come with any additional
      salary.

      vi. Abolish the position of Chief Administrative Secretary

      2. Ensure that the system of representation accords to the following principles
      that guarantee that Kenyans are fairly and equally represented.

      a. All nominations and elections are free, fair and transparent

      b. All persons to be included in party lists must go through a system of
      vetting that involves the public

      c. As much as possible ensure that each vote has the same status and power.

      d. Whatever changes may be made to constituencies, save the protected
      constituencies as they are key for representation in sparsely populated
      area.

      e. All nominations to parliament and county assemblies must be done in a
      transparent process.

      3. Enhance the capacity of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries
      Commission to deliver free and fair elections by;

      i. Removing all current Commissioners and establishing a new
      Commission for the next election.

      ii. Provide that all IEBC staff serve on 3 year contracts that can be
      renewed only once, so that every new Commission can determine its
      own direction rather than become a captive of the IEBC Secretariat.

      iii. Hire all Returning Officers through a system similar to that of hiring
      Commissioners.

      iv. Returning officers should be contracted on a part-time basis and
      should not oversee more than one general election.

      v. Open up qualifications for the Chairmanship of IEBC so that it is not a
      preserve for lawyers. A chair should be anyone with at least 15 years’
      experience in a senior management level
      vi.

      vii. Make the Chairman of IEBC the Chief Executive Officer of the
      Commission so that he is not undermined by the Secretary who is
      currently the CEO.

      viii. Give the leaders of political parties a role in the recruitment of IEBC
      Commissioners to enhance support for the Commission from political
      contestants

      INCLUSIVITY

      In order to build a stable nation, it is important that all people individually
      and as communities feel as part of the national life and feel included in the
      management of the country’s affairs. To enhance the participation of people in
      the national life;

      1. Establish the Office of the Public Rapporteur to conduct all public
      participation on behalf of all public entities both national and devolved
      undertaking policy and operational initiatives in order to remove bias,
      exclusion and prejudice in public participation.

      2. Deal with marginalization at the county level by putting focus on
      inclusivity in county governments and making the same demands to
      county governments are also made to the national government.

      Evidence from BBI consultations indicate that communities that
      complain of marginalization at the national level were themselves
      guilty of marginalizing others in their respective counties.

      3. Minimise the power of cartels to utilize economic power and even
      corruption to shape governance and policy making in their own
      interests.

      4. Involve reputable private recruitment companies in recruitment of
      personnel in the public service in order to change cultures and
      attitudes and remove nepotism, bribery and other forms of corruption
      in public recruitment.

      5. Require the Public Service Commission and County Service Boards to
      undertake selective recruitment of candidates from minority groups
      and communities through head hunting in order to attain the face of
      Kenya.

      6. Representatives from the Muslim community made strong
      recommendations for an appellate system in the Kadhi’s court system.
      This is recommended because an appellate system that takes cases
      from the Kadhi system back to secular courts beat the purpose of the
      initial provisions.

      7. Publicize annual reports on diversity in the public service at both
      national and devolved governments and institutions.

      8. Remove all handicaps to dual citizens’ rights. All Kenya citizens must
      have the same status whether they have dual citizenship of another
      country or not.

      Persons should be judged by their character rather than
      by an assumption that a person with dual citizenship is liable to
      untrustworthiness. This handicap should only be maintained for the
      Commander-in-Chief and officers of the defense forces and the defense
      council.

      SHARED PROSPERITY

      Prosperity is one of our national goals. We sing in our national anthem “raha tupate
      na ustawi”. We say “tuungane mikono pamoja kazini” to underline our intention to
      share our prosperity.

      Fifty-six years later, we have done better than our
      neighbouring countries but we remain one of the world’s poorest countries and also
      one of the most unequal.

      Inequality is one of the most fundamental causes of conflict in society. To insulate
      the society from conflict, we must address both the prosperity of the country and the
      equity with which this prosperity is shared. We should ;

      1. Work towards an economic revolution. The current economy cannot
      produce the prosperity needed to meet the needs of the people and
      particularly employment needed for the youth.

      2. We need to think big and long term. To begin with, let us have a 50
      year plan and then work towards it in phases of five to ten years.

      3. Promote labour intensive economic activities particularly in
      manufacturing and promote markets in neighbouring countries for
      these goods.

      4. Promote lending to micro, small and medium businesses through legal
      and regulatory guidelines to banks to lend to these sectors.

      5. Promote an secure Kenyan inventions, generic resources, traditional
      knowledge and art.

      6. Use tax and other regulatory tools to promote savings and investment.

      7. Give incentives to people in the diaspora to remit more money into
      Kenya.

      8. Increase spending on development of government revenue and aim for
      a 70:30 ratio of development versus recurrent expenditure.

      9. Have fairness in national spending so that every part of Kenya has a
      fair chance in having their needs met and opportunities exploited.

      10. Broaden the tax base and lower the tax rate so that people are left with
      more money in their pockets to invest or otherwise better their lives.
      Simplify tax computation to enhance compliance. Sharing prosperity.
      also involves sharing responsibility on the cost of running the country.

      11. Punish tax evasion and particularly the agents who facilitate it both in
      the private and the public sector.

      12. Expand investment in agriculture and livestock and direct anti-
      corruption efforts in the sector to break up the cartels that hold farmers

      13. hostage. Most people rely on agriculture and there is no quicker way to
      lift people out of poverty.

      14. Develop a policy for the implementation of Article 43 of the
      Constitution on economic and social rights. The national and county
      governments and all political party manifestos must tell the people
      how they plan to deliver on economic and social rights.

      15. Develop a local Human Development index that will enable us
      determine delivery on Article 43 on social and economic rights and
      how prosperity is being shared among all Kenyan people.

      16. Start living within our means by controlling our borrowing which is
      creating an unsustainable debt burden on future generations.
      Prosperity must also be shared across generations and we should not
      prosper at the expense of our children.

      17. Eliminate wasteful and duplicitous public spending in the National
      and County Governments and start pooling facilities used by public
      servants and repairing and using old equipment like cars and furniture
      instead of buying new ones.

      18. Eliminate all sitting allowances for public officers on salary.

      19. Promote art and sport which are some of the sector young Kenyans
      have shown enormous potential in.

      20. Work with the private sector to set up a foundation to provide
      mentorship and training for young entrepreneurs especially those
      receiving government youth funds.

      21. Promote technical education and employment as a respectable
      engagement and not as a safety net for persons who fail in academics.

      22. Ensure that in the planning and implementation of big government
      projects, development in one area does not lead to the losing out by
      another area. Ensure that the areas that are adversely affected are
      compensated through remedial development policies, programs and
      projects.

      23. In promoting development in the counties, the National Government
      should ensure that it leverages on the unique strengths and
      opportunities of every county.

      CORRUPTION

      Kenyans believe the system is rigged and that it rewards cronyism and corruption as
      opposed to production and hard work. Corruption is today the greatest risk to
      Kenya’s cohesion and security. Tackling corruption is the single important mission
      Kenya has today

      1. Free Kenya from the capture of cartels through an action plan to break
      the cartels and severely punish the culprits.

      2. Target bankers and banking executives who are promoting money
      laundering and make them pay heavy fines and do jail terms.

      3. Promote whistleblowing by giving rewards of 5% of recovered
      proceeds to persons who give information on corruption deals.

      4. Promote ethics by making incorporating ethics and performance
      assessment training in every Public Service course required for
      promotion.

      5. Include ethics and civics as part of every educational curriculum from
      the lowest to the highest educational levels.

      6. Include the fight against corruption as part of the performance
      contracts of Cabinet Secretaries and Principal Secretaries.

      7. Enhance the freedom of the media and whistleblowers to report on
      corruption.

      8. Ban all public officers from doing business with the government. They
      also must not engage in business outside government unless the
      activities they wish to engage in are approved.

      9. Conflicts of interest must be declared whenever they arise especially
      regarding spouses and children of public officers when they have to
      deal with a public agency that employs their their
      husband/wife/parent.

      10. Make all wealth declaration forms open to public scrutiny and all
      wealth above Kshs. 50 million must be explained. Potential conflicts of
      interest must also declared.

      11. Leaders must take political responsibility where negligent or poor
      quality government actions have led to disasters by resigning.

      12. Make Kenya a 100% e-service nation by digitalizing all government
      services, processes, payment system and record keeping.

      13. Strengthen the Judiciary as an anti-corruption tool by

      i) Create the position of Special Magistrates and Judges to deal
      with the most grievous cases of drug trafficking, corruption,
      terrorism, and other serious criminal offences and make special security arrangements for
      these magistrates and judges to be provided for by the State.

      ii) The powers of the Judicial Service Commission to discipline
      judges should be expanded so that the Commission can legally
      deal with lesser disciplinary offences by judges that affect the
      value of justice delivered without resulting to the Constitutional
      measure of removal from office.

      iii) Strengthening the office of the Judiciary Ombudsman to make
      the office more responsive to the people and accountable to it. It
      should be revamped and made more accessible and responsive
      to the public

      iv) Give Kenyans a choice to take their complaints to the Judiciary
      ombudsman or the Commission on Administrative Justice.

      v) Together with other independent commissions by promoting
      internal accountability by separating powers of appointment
      and promotion from that of interdiction and censure

      DEVOLUTION

      The devolved system of government was aimed at decentralizing power and
      increasing access to services across the country. In terms of creating a major
      departure in governance in the country, it has largely been a success.

      However, it is frustrated by serious challenges which if not addressed will raise questions about its political and economic viability.

      To address these challenges, it is proposed as follows:

      1. Retain all the 47 counties but encourage and assist counties to form
      regional economic blocks.

      2. Increase resources to the countries by at least 35% of the last audited
      accounts.

      3. When dividing revenue between the counties, use a formula that
      focuses on ensuring services reach the actual settlements of people so
      that resources are not allocated on the basis of un-inhibited land mass.

      4. Finalize the transfer of functions from the National to County
      Governments and eliminate all duplicity of functions between the two
      levels of government.

      5. Follow the maxim “money follows functions” in allocating money
      between the two levels of government.

      6. Parastatals carrying out County functions should be either wound up
      or restructured. This should be synchronized with the implementation
      of the already completed parastatal reforms policy.

      7. Consider how Ward representatives can have oversight of funds
      intended for bursaries only, while ensuring that CDF funds do not
      clash with the development imperatives of Counties.

      8. The running mate of every candidate for the position of Governor
      should be of the opposite gender.

      9. Where a county fails to appoint a deputy within 90 days of a vacancy,
      the Speaker of the County Assembly shall, with the approval of the
      County Assembly, do so.

      10. Limit arbitrary, nepotistic or crony recruitment of human resources
      that ignores merit and inclusivity by replicating the independence of
      the Public Service Commission in every County Service Board.

      11. Transfer the health sector personnel element from County
      Governments to an independent Health Service Commission to enable
      sharing of the very limited health experts.

      12. Employ austerity measures at the National Hospital Insurance Fund in
      order to reduce the amount of money it spends on administrative costs
      and release more funds to assist counties deliver on health.

      13. Draft and adopt a patient’s bill of rights to standardize the quality of
      health care across all counties .

      14. Strengthen the oversight independence of County Assemblies by
      ensuring that the transmission and management of County Assembly
      budgets are insulated from arbitrary or politically-motivated
      interference by County Executives;

      15. Limit the number of persons that a county government can employ in
      relation to the number of people it serves and the functions its
      discharges.

      16. Require new governments to complete the projects initiated by former
      governors by Treasury withholding funds for new projects unless old
      projects are completed. A Governor who wants to abandon an old
      project must have credible reasons to do so.

      17. Counties to budget more development money to respond to specific
      needs in the Wards rather than granting a lump sum to Counties or
      constituencies. Commission on Revenue Allocation to change its
      revenue allocation formula to target wards in the County budgets.

      18. Biashara mashinani — There should be high-priority efforts by every
      County to support local groups to develop businesses through
      partnerships.
      The County Government should ensure that small and
      emerging businesses are easy to start, and that they find it easy to
      navigate regulations and bureaucracy and to get their goods to market
      in a timely way.

      SAFETY AND SECURITY

      Kenyans told the Taskforce that they do not feel sufficiently safe and secure. From
      those who represented victims of terrorism, to others victimised by domestic
      terrorism, mistreatment at the hands of security personnel, and a lack of trust in
      policing, millions of Kenyans do not feel as secure as they should.

      As a result, the Taskforce observes, with great concern, that we will struggle to become a truly
      united and prosperous country if we do not have a security system that is responsive
      to the needs and rights of citizens, and that is trusted and embraced by them.

      Besides threats from criminals and security agents, Kenyans also feel insecure from
      ethnically instigated civil strife, severe weather events, natural and man-made
      disasters and aggressive external militia.

      Towards safety and security, the Task Force wishes to state the following:

      1. All Kenyan lives matter. The value of every Kenyans life is the same
      across every part of the county and every death must be treated with
      equal seriousness.

      We must put a stop to the fact that there are
      different consequences in various parts of the country. A life lost to
      murder in the poverty-stricken Loima and Mathare should receive
      equal prevention, investigation, and prosecutorial attention as one in a
      wealthy Nairobi suburb.

      2. Recognizing that security is for the protection of citizens, we need to
      move our thinking from National Security to Human Security. To do
      so, our security policies and strategies must be developed after
      consultation with all Kenyan and must take into account their views on
      their own safety.

      3. To ensure that safety and security is prioritized on government
      programs, require every incoming President to publish his national
      safety and security strategies and to give regular updates on them.

      4. Develop and operationalize a national emergency, disaster and crisis
      management strategy in every country, sub-county and ward.

      5. Promulgate the law contemplated by Article 208 for the operation of a
      Contingencies Fund.

      6. Prevent communal resource conflicts by ensuring that County
      boundaries are drawn to maximize sharing of water and pasture,
      among other resources.

      7. Protect Kenyans from harmful foodstuffs and medicines by
      strengthening food and medicine safety supervision.

      8. Mainstream and coordinate the prevention of radicalisation and
      violent extremism initiatives in the Ministries responsible for health,
      education, youth, culture and heritage, as well as other relevant
      governmental bodies.

      9. Ensure the Victim Protection Trust Fund is operationalized and that it
      pays special attention to the victims of terrorism whose victimisation is
      directly intended to intimidate all Kenyans and our political, social and
      religious choices

      10. Strengthen our cyber security capabilities to match the increasing
      reliance on technology in Kenya.

      11. Review diplomatic relations with states that sponsor terrorism and all
      forms of violent extremism.

      12. Help private security companies to professionalize their services and to
      integrate with national security agencies in their work.

      13. Assess the performance of police officers through Kenya Performance
      Indicators that rely on crime statistics and citizen perceptions of police
      work.

      14. As a matter of priority, provide mental health care for police officers
      with particular attention being paid to those working under dangerous
      circumstance or mentally exerting conditions.

      15. Redress boundary conflicts across Kenya by setting up ad hoc
      commissions or task force to address each boundary conflict through
      research and consultation.

      16. Ensure whistleblowers are protected by providing for their anonymity
      so that their identity is never disclosed. Where a whistleblower is a
      witness, their personal security must be guaranteed during the court
      process and thereafter.

      17. All new roads must be designed with sidewalks for the protection of
      pedestrians.

      18. Teach conflict resolution and mediation in primary and secondary
      school.

      19. Prioritise combatting gender and sexual violence by focusing and
      resourcing specific policing and prevention measures against sexual
      and gender-based violence.

      COMMISSIONS AND CROSS-CUTTING ISSUES

      1. Nairobi is the Capital city of the Republic. It houses the seat of all arms of
      Government. It is also an International city being the Third Global Headquarters of
      The United Nations. Nairobi is also a major diplomatic hub as many nations have
      located their representatives to bodies like the United Nations Environmental
      Program in the city.

      To maintain its special status as a global UN Headquarter and meet its obligation
      towards the United Nations and other diplomatic missions, Nairobi needs massive
      investments in infrastructure that the formula of the Commission for Revenue
      Allocation cannot accommodate.

      This means that Nairobi needs to be accorded a special status that would place on the National Government obligation to carry some functions in the City. Such special Status should not impede on the right of the people to representation at the Ward and Constituency levels.
      2. Separate the work of conducting anti-corruption investigations and promoting
      ethics.
      3. Strengthen and enhance the autonomy of the Directorate of Criminal
      Investigations and increase the amount of resources allocated to its work.

      4. Rationalize the mandate of regulatory bodies to eradicate duplication of roles and
      enhance efficiency.

      5. Make the Chairpersons of independent commissions to be the Chief Executive
      Officers

      6. Make half of all Commissioners to serve half-time except for the IEBC

      7. Consolidate the numerous administrative tribunals established by the various
      Statutes and set up the National Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

      NOTABLE ISSUES

      As the task force went around the country, it made several observations which,
      though they may not fit into the issues listed in the terms of reference, are too serious
      not to mention.

      The following are the issues that the team felt they must speak to the
      people of Kenya frankly.

      1. Kenyans lack common ideals and aspirations. The national bonds that
      Kenyans have are based on ethnicity and locality.

      We cannot create a nation until we identify goals that we pursue together and work towards a future that demands our collective sacrifice.

      2. Kenya is running out of time. Our political and economic systems have
      failed. We have to change the way we are going if we are to avoid a
      catastrophic future. We are capable of doing so but we are our own stumbling
      block.

      3. The youth in Kenya are feeling excluded. Kenya is a nation of youthful
      persons.

      This increased population has come very fast and the country has
      not adjusted fast enough to cater for the concern of the majority of its
      population.

      The country today is at a generational standoff.

      4. Kenyans do not trust their leaders, institutions, and systems. The country is
      suffering from a trust deficit.

      This has blocked any sense of patriotism as we cannot trust to surrender our ethnic identities and interests.

      5. Kenyans disrespect the law at all levels. And this phenomenon is
      particularly evident with public officers.

      We have the laws and policies but are unable to implement them. A lot of the problems facing this country are because we do not implement the laws that already exist.

      6. In Kenya there is no tomorrow, only today. In everything we do, we have
      little regard about the future of the country or its people.

      We spend public money without concern of whether Kenyans are getting the best value for
      their money. We do not bother to maintain public assets. .

      We don’t preserve the environment and in fact destroy it for immediate gains.

      7. Kenya must nurture and promote its talented citizens.

      Though we love and celebrate our heroes, we do very little to assist them when they are strugglinto achieve. Most of the Kenyans excelling internationally have done so by
      investing in themselves and competing for opportunities.

      8. The Kenyan family is in crisis and we are suffering a failure of parentage.
      Children are going out of control. Parents had failed in their duties. There is a

      breakdown in traditional societal norms on raising/nurturing of children.
      There is a rise in suicide by young people, domestic violence, defilement of
      children and incest.

      9. We must bake a bigger national cake and stop focusing on sharing a small
      one. Though our national anthem says “plenty be found within our borders”,
      the politics regarding prosperity dwells on sharing rather than creating.

      This is very destabilizing. As the population grows and the cake continues
      shrinking, conflicts are likely to increase and intensify.

      10. Kenyans feel let down by their leaders in all spheres of life. Kenya has a
      leadership crisis.

      Whether in the community or the religious organizations or
      in politics, leaders in Kenya have failed and Kenyans are feeling let down.
      Kenyans believe that their leaders are the cause of their problems. Kenyans
      blame their leaders for corruption, divisive elections, ethnic conflict etc.

      11. Public service in Kenya is a favour, not a right. Kenyans are complaining
      that public servants in all branches of government treat them arrogantly and
      that Kenyans have to plead or bribe for service.

      Public officers have yet to internalize that the power and authority assigned to them is a public trust that they are meant to use for the benefit of the people. There is a deep rooted
      problem at the core of public service in Kenya.

      12. Kenyans are insensitive to persons living with disability. We look at
      disability as someone else’s curse.

      We regard persons living with disability a people condemned by fate and we have created a separate world for them to live in rather than struggle to integrate them into our society. Persons living with disability are complaining that they were patronized by the rest of the
      society.

      13. The problem is our software not hardware. What is wrong with us Kenyans
      is more about our attitudes and behaviours rather than our environment and
      circumstances. But we never take responsibility for our failures. It is always
      someone else’s fault. We can’t fix Kenya until we first fix ourselves.

      14. Most injustices in Kenya are swept under the carpet. Kenya is yet to be a
      self-cleansing governance system.

      We still rely on an exhauster method of moral, ethical and governance accountability when dealing with abuse and injury inflicted on the people. The legal and constitutional institutions we have set up to keep the accountability system running on a day to day basis
      have been compromised.

      15. Kenyans feel insecure in their everyday lives. Whether out in public spaces
      or in private places and even homes, Kenyans feel vulnerable to crime and
      violence from strangers and relatives.

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