As the period given to the committee reviewing the Building Bridges initiative report nears lapsing, the committee has agreed on 8 recommendations that will be in the final report.
According to a report by the Standard paper, the team has recommended for a hybrid system of the government. This means that the government will comprise of a powerful president and a ceremonial prime minister. Earlier on, the report had recommended for a powerful prime minister and a president with no powers.
Concerning the counties cash allocation from the national treasury, the committee resolved that the counties will be receiving an allocation of 35% of the total budget to finance devolution. County governors have long been complaining of the iota amount the devolution units have been receiving. They have been claiming it is not enough to fund the activities. In accordance to this, the committee has further recommended for a creation of an independent treasury.
Nairobi County on the other hand has been proposed to be handed over to the National government. Currently, the vital dockets of Nairobi County are being run by the national. This was after the embattled county governor signed an agreement to transfer the functions following his pending court case on graft. Having no one to deputize him since the exit of his deputy Mr.Polycap Igathe, the governor found himself at the receiving end.
Women seem to have been disappointed by the report. According to the team, the woman representative position should be done away with. Instead the team has proposed that all the political parties will cumulatively nominate 63 women to the national assembly to replace the positions of the abolished woman representatives. Additionally, the team has gone ahead to abolish the positions of nominated senators.
These are just some of the proposed recommendations expected to be unveiled by the 14 member BBI steering committee once their time lapses.