Thirdway alliance endorses BBI report, calls for national conversation

Written By: Nicholas Kigondu

The Thirdway Alliance Kenya has expressed its support for the Building Bridges Initiative Steering Committee report that it says captures most of its aspirations as contained in the Punguza mizigo Kenya initiative.

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Secretary general Fred Okang’o says most of their proposals as presented to the committee have been included in the final report. According to Okang’o, the proposal to increase equitable share to at least 35 percent as well as the introduction of a ward development fund was at the heart of their constitutional amendment push.

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The party however says it will be pushing to have some of the proposals that were not included in the report considered during the planned national conversation on the document. Among the issues the party says were not considered was a proposal to address what it termed as over-representation where it was calling for the abolishment of the senate as well as a reduction in the cost of running parliament to just 5 billion shillings from 36.5 billion.

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The party had come up with a constitutional amendment initiative dubbed Punguza Mizigo but failed to garner requisite support from county assemblies to facilitate its presentation for adoption in a referendum with only two counties out of the 47 adopting the proposals.

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The Bill had proposed a raft of changes including having the president serve for a single seven-year term as well as a reduction in the number of representation in parliament.

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