MPs, governors from pastoralist communities give conditional support for BBI
Leaders of the pastoralist communities and the Northern Frontier governors on Tuesday issued conditional support for the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).
Under the umbrella bodies Pastoralist Parliamentary Group (PPG) and the Frontier Counties Development Council (FCDC), the leaders gave an 11-point irreducible minimums in order to support the BBI.
Led by Narok Senator Ledama ole Kina, Garissa Township MP Aden Duale and Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok, the leaders said the BBI as currently proposed has sidelined them.
"TheBBI report has excluded our detailed presentations to the task force and reduced our citizens’ gains on-equity in resource allocation, representation, gender-parity, needs of the Persons With Disabilities, and protection of the community land among others," they said on Tuesday.
They said they represent 15 counties with a population of more than 10 million and 80 per cent of the Kenya's landmass.
- Resource Allocation: The proposed amendment on Article 203 (1) of the constitution be deleted and Article 203 of the constitution be retained as it is stipulated in the 2010 constitution.
- Secure the 290 constituencies, the 70 proposed seats be divided equally among 47 counties, retain 47 women reps at the National Assembly.
- Protection of pastoralism community land, game reserves and wildlife corridors.
- Remove the proposed Health Service Commission.
- Backtrack the Equilization fund from 20 years.
- Senate to remain Upper House, to approve all constitutional appointments. Retain Article 123 of the Constitution.
- Removal of the proposed Judiciary Ombudsman.
- IEBC be exempted from political influence.
- End of discrimination against the Pastoralist communities on registration and issuance of IDs.
- Guaranteed education to pastoralist children and localized recruitment of teachers.
- Exportation of their livestock for better markets.