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Building bridges initiative to finalise its work within two months, secretariat

The  Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) is committed to concluding its work within the next two months, top officials have said.

Amb. Martin  Kimani, BBI  joint  Secretary  and  Prof. Adams Oloo, Vice  Chair, said the initiative, launched by President   Kenyatta  and  former Prime Minister, Raila Odinga in August last year was committed to finalising its countrywide sittings  and compiling its report within the period.

Speaking  in  Siaya town when the BBI held a citizens’ engagement forum on Tuesday, the officials said Kenyans had  shown a lot  of optimism for the better future.

They  added  that the ordinary wananchi wanted a peaceful country where people were honest, peaceful and of high integrity.

Oloo  said they had held sittings in 34 of the 47 counties and what was emerging in each public engagement forum was  the  need for more public participation in the political leadership.

“The public want a system of governance that is honest and embraces high integrity,” said Oloo.

Amb. Kimani  said  they  were optimistic that the process will pass the test of time, adding that they were committed to  giving  Kenyans the best so as to put a stop to perennial civil unrest after each general election.

Siaya  Governor, Cornel  Rasanga  called for a three tier governance structure instead of the current two-tier that has the  county and national governments.

He  said the introduction of regional governments will make administration easier, adding that the BBI should further make  recommendations that will ensure the strengthening of devolution.

Rasanga  further called for more devolution of the security machinery, adding that the security committees should be chaired  by the local residents.

The governor called for full implementation of the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC) so as to reduce conflicts in the country.

The  citizens’ engagement forum was also attended by the Siaya County Commissioner, Michael Ole Tialal and Busia  Senator,  Amos  Wako among others.

By  Philip Onyango/Dennis Otieno

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