BBI is a lazy man’s solution

BBI is a lazy man’s solution

BBI is a lazy man’s solution

There is so much hysteria surrounding the BBI report and it being touted by some to be the solution to the problems that we now face as a country. In my opinion, the BBI task force is a lazy man’s solution to problems and is another waste of money by the government, just like has been with other useless task-forces and commissions of inquiry.

Much of what the BBI purported to address and made recommendations about are already covered in the constitution and does not need another additional layer of legislation. How do we intend to adhere to the product of the BBI report if we have little or no regard to the constitution and applicable laws as they are now?. The hype about BBI is a sign of failure by parliament, government and the people. Thinking that the BBI will change us is like having someone hanging his jacket in the office and disappears only to appear at 5.00pm to do over-time. How do you want to achieve something through side-shows (BBI) that you did not achieve in parliament?

Does Kenya really need referendum?

In Chapter 1 of the BBI report, the task-force lists issues that Kenyans “must deal with”. A casual look at these issues tells you that we have all the tools and resources at the moment to deal with them. The fact is, Kenyans have no shared ideas. What we only share is Sunday services and political rallies. Ideally, it is everybody for themselves because we have cultivated a man-eat-man society where everyone is always looking for a way to swindle the other. You do not need any referendum to make Kenya a nation of ideals. It is a cultural-moral issue and you cannot legislate morality.

Part 8 of Chapter 1 is nothing but a body of semantics. Kenya is not running out of time; Kenya ran out of time when Kenyans continually chose tribe over sense in past elections. These repeated faults have given us corruption, poverty, bad healthcare. For this, we do not need legislation. It is a question of our “corporate” culture and corporate culture cannot be governed by a written law. Part 8 tells us something that we knew; young people feel left out. Look no further than Wambui and Moody Awori sagas. I partially blame the young people in this regard because during elections, they vote for the wealthy old men. A look at social media discussions around election time shows you that majority of those pouring tribal vitriol are young people.

Trust has faded among Kenyans

Kenya has a trust deficit because of how have been influenced since childhood. The lack of trust is not only in public institutions but also in private relationships. As I mentioned before, everyone even your closest family member is looking for a way to swindle you. A friend who lives in Germany told me that most vegetable or flower growers in Germany sell their products through trust. On the farm they leave a knife, a pricelist and a box for money. It is basically self-service and as a customer you cut your own flowers and insert the money in the box according to the number of flowers. The same with vegetables like pumpkins. All this happens without any supervision or security because they have grown as a society based on trust. If this was Kenya, people would cut all the flowers and go and sell and also carry away the box with money. Is this a trust deficit that BBI thinks we can change through constitutional amendments?

How many days did the BBI waste to come up with points 11 and 12 of Chapter 1? These are things that need change of thinking by Kenyans and not a change of laws as we have enough laws already. Kenyans break the laws at all levels and expect MPs and government to uphold those laws. If you walk around Nairobi and other towns, people are throwing rubbish all over the place. Nobody follows the traffic rules and that is mostly done by the ever-complaining young people. We are collectively programmed to only care of what “am I gaining now” rather than what is the long term benefit of something. Elected leaders prefer to import maize and get an immediate profit rather than put in place a sound, sustainable food policy.

The BBI campaign is more of attacking perceived enemies

Aside from the content of the BBI report, I think the mode in which the BBI campaign is being carried out is pedestrian: look at the Kisii and Bukhungu meetings. The first thing that Gov. Otichilo did was to read some phantom resolutions ostensibly coming from the “people”.When did they collect those opinions? Most of the speakers talked mostly about nothing other than attacking their perceived enemies in the “anti-BBI” Tanga Tanga. These sort of rallies are useless and will not bring out meaningful change as they are being driven by the same loser-brigade which have never done anything in Bunge for the last several decades.

The other loser-brigade “aka” Kieleweke is not being left behind either. I saw the likes of Hon Joshua Kutuny and Hon Ngunjiru . These sorry group of human beings are or were in parliament. Let them tell us what they did in terms of legislation instead of howling around. Macroeconomic policies cannot be made in useless political rallies used to insult other leaders and pretending to be selling BBI in the region.

BBI is just political project

Everybody knows that the BBI project is just but another political project. It is actually aimed at expanding government and elbowing others out of the way. It is unfortunate for others because they will no longer be able to eat. Expanding government for political expediency is completely wrong for the heavily indebted country that Kenya is. We do not need additional layers of bureaucracies that never benefit anyone. What will be the role of the deputy PMs in the expanded government?

The BBI project should have been started either as a popular or parliamentary initiative so that people can be able to deal effectively with the “tired punda”. If the BBI could have recommended the abolishing of county governments as currently are, I would have considered some support. In my opinion, the demigods that are governors should be done away with. Kenya should have a maximum of 9 governors for 9 regions and a mayor for Nairobi. Our current governors and deputies are cost-centres that we can ill afford. Same thing with too many MCAs.

By Meshack Kiplagat
Youth leader, Kaptarakwa ward.



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    True,it’s a waste of government resources and time. The politicians has taken advantage of it to see if they are fit in 2022 elections.
    It has also become a tool of cold war between politicians

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      I read this and find some sense. Nonetheless, I regard it as a waste of time since the big men behind the BBI are busy laying strategies on how to make it a success for which it is slowly achieving without any doubt while those opposing it are busy making noise without laying proper strategies on how to get over it.

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