Western leaders have put forward seemingly one of the most radical suggestions that they now want the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) taskforce to consider- a powerful Prime Minister post.
In a resolution that was read by Vihiga Governor Wilber Otichilo at a BBI rally at the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega on Saturday afternoon, the leaders offered their support to the BBI but laid down a condition of an expanded executive to provide for a powerful Prime Minister slot with two deputies.
“We want an expanded executive with powerful Prime Minister and two deputies,” Otichilo read to a massive crowd.
The western Kenya leaders also want functions of the President and Prime Minister to be spelt out distinctively.
The resolution wants election theft to be considered as an economic crime just like any other graft offence that have been met with punitive measures.
According to the Vihiga County governor, the resolution which was signed by all elected leaders from MCAs to governors wants the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission to be given prosecution powers to strengthen the fight against corruption.
“BBI must create a legal framework to ensure the process of electing leaders is not tampered with,” read the resolution.
The Kakamega BBI rally has been met with opposition from a faction of the ruling class, the Tangatanga wing of Jubilee terming it a political rally that is meant to be used by ODM to create an alliance for 2022 polls.
Amani National Congress leader MUsalia Mudavadi and his Ford Kenya counterpart Moses Wetangula had pledged to conduct parallel rallies in Mumias despite police bans, but the duo also graced the Bukhungu Stadium, much to the surprise of the anti-BBI brigade.