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The office and functions of the Prime Minister as proposed by BBI

  • BBI has proposed the establishment of a Prime Minister (PM) who shall be appointed by the President and approved by the National Assembly.
  • BBI also proposes the establishment of two Deputy PM appointed by the President from among the Cabinet Ministers.
  • For BBI to be implemented it has to go to the people (by way of referendum) because it recommends changes in the Constitution.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odinga on Wednesday, October 21 received the final BBI report at Kisii State Lodge.

The BBI taskforce which is led by Wajir Senator Yusuf Haji was tasked with collecting public views on how to solve issues that have been ailing project Kenya since time immemorial, which includes but not limited to lack of national ethos, ethnic antagonism, divisive elections, inclusivity in government, shared prosperity, corruption and devolution.

So how is the BBI report seeking to end the divisive elections that the country has witnessed in every general election?

Kenyans have become accustomed to violence and loss of lives in every electioneering year. The BBI report attributes this to “a winner take all political system”, which has sharpened the ethnic competition for the presidency as people want one of their own as president.

The report has introduced a raft of changes in the nature and structure of the national executive to make it more inclusive and ensure that as many Kenyan communities feel part of the government.

Prime Minister position

While borrowing a leaf from our neighbours Tanzania, BBI has proposed the establishment of a Prime Minister (PM) who shall be appointed by the President.

Within seven days of the President being sworn in after a general election, s/he shall nominate a PM. The PM shall be appointed from the party or coalition of parties that are a majority in the National Assembly.

The PM should then be approved by the National Assembly by way of voting within seven days of the speaker receiving a nomination from the President.

The PM may lose his or her seat if fired by the President, resignation, or a vote of no confidence in the National Assembly.

Functions of the Prime Minister

  1. The PM shall be the leader of government business in the National Assembly,
  2. Oversee the legislative agenda in the National Assembly on behalf of the government,
  3. Supervise the execution of the functions of ministers an government departments,
  4. Chair Cabinet meetings as assigned by the President,
  5. Assign any of the functions of the Office of the Deputy Prime Ministers, and
  6. Perform any other duty assigned by the President or conferred by legislation.



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