ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi is slowly embracing the BBI, a document that he was skeptical about few weeks ago, the NASA leader who surprised many when he ditched the planned Mumias meeting for the BBI function at Bukhungu is of the opinion that the position of Prime Minister and two deputies be re introduced as was recommended in the Bomas Draft of 2005.
Mudavadi wants the PM to be the leader of the largest political party or coalition in the National Assembly and be appointed by the President from among MPs with the approval of Parliament. The premier should have two deputies and be the head of Cabinet of a maximum of 20 ministers or a minimum of 15 with an equal number of deputy ministers.
The former deputy PM himself says government appointments should have a proportional representation of the population and the percentage communities representative of the total population be used in public appointments.
Produced at the Bomas of Kenya Delegates’ Conference in 2005 — spearheaded by law professor Yash Pal Ghai — the document that came to be known as the Bomas Draft proposed that Kenya has a President, a Deputy President, a Prime Minister, and several ministers.
The Prime Minister, who had to be the leader of the largest political party or coalition in the National Assembly, would be appointed by the President from among MPs with the approval of Parliament. The Premier would be the head of a Cabinet comprising two deputy premiers, a maximum of 20 and a minimum of 15 ministers, and an equal number of deputy ministers.
The ministers, the document proposed, would be appointed by the President upon nomination by the Prime Minister from among members of the National Assembly, and subject to the approval of the Senate.
Mudavadi also proposes that bills at the Senate be taken to the counties for rigorous consultation through public participation and for endorsement by county assemblies.
“This way, a bill will not be the whim of an individual but a position of a county. The luxury of senators representing themselves yet they are protectors of counties should be over. It’s time for them to truly represent views, opinions and needs of the counties they represent,” Mudavadi said.