BBI will not change our governance structure, says law expert Yash Pal Ghai


Constitutional law expert Yash Pal Ghai has said the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report will not deliver a parliamentary system as is being pushed by some politicians.
Ghai said with the current presidential system still in the report, it cannot be used to achieve a different goal.
He says that since the BBI taskforce retained a president elected by Kenyans, and who will appoint Prime Minister slot, Kenya’s governance structure is likely to remain intact.
“I am not convinced that the document will achieve a parliamentary system. One does not know what they are doing. You have a President and then you also have a Prime Minister,” he said.
He also noted that the parliamentary system remains largely unpopular, another reason why it might not be achieved.
According to Ghai, Opposition chief Raila Odinga’s lone support for the system will not see its establishment.
“At the very moment for there is little regard for the parliamentary system. But Raila for a long time has been a supporter of the parliamentary system,” he added.
Though it does not touch on the things he has been pushing for, including the parliamentary system, the introduction of an executive Prime Minister and a 3-tier government, Raila has since declared his full support for the document.


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