SUGGESTIONS TO BUILDING BIDGES TEAM

Parliamentary system and single-term presidency best for Kenya, says Osotsi

Nominated legislator calls for rotational presidency to ensure no community clings to power

In Summary

•Nominated lawmaker says counties should operate autonomously

•He wants devolved functions reviewed for efficiency, capacity and accountability

Nominated MP Godfrey Osotsi address the press at parliament buildings
Nominated MP Godfrey Osotsi address the press at parliament buildings
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A seven-year one-term presidency is one of the proposals nominated MP Godfery Osotsi has for the Building Bridges Initiative task force.

And to ensure that no community clings to power, Osotsi says the presidency should be rotational so that each of the 14 regions established in the Bomas draft constitution has an opportunity to lead. 

The ANC legislator also wants Kenya to adopt a parliamentary system for inclusivity in governance.

According to him, governors, senators, MPs and MCAs should serve for a maximum of two five-year terms. Currently, only the President and governors serve a maximum of two five-year terms.

Osotsi's proposals are in a memorandum he presented to the Building Bridges Initiative task force at Sosa in Vihiga on Tuesday. 

He suggested that those getting affirmative action positions, including women representatives and nominated MPs, senators and MCAs, serve for only one five-year term. 

Further, the MP wants a return of the position of official leader of the opposition to check the excesses of the executive.

“The current system is unfair to election losers. It leaves them without any platform, other than funerals and other social events to articulate the feelings of the millions who supported them,” he said.

He also wants Cabinet secretaries appointed from among sitting MPs to establish a link between the executive and the grassroots.

The memo calls for the strengthening of Chapter Six of the Constitution to bar people with questionable backgrounds from getting leadership positions.

 Another of his recommendations is the allocation of 45 per cent of national revenue to devolved units instead of the current 15 per cent.

The devolved functions should be reviewed for efficiency, capacity and accountability, the nominated MP suggests.