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New Government Structure Was Suggested by ODM

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has proposed drastic changes to the current government Structure.

According to our source, seven-year non-renewable presidential term is among proposals submitted to the Building Bridges taskforce.

The taskforce was formed following a handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga on March 9 and it has been collecting views from individuals and groups on what should be done to ensure the country remains peaceful.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and NASA leader Raila Odinga after a meeting at Harambee House on March 9

Raila’s party has also called for creation of more executive positions and a Prime Minister’s post.

The Orange party is calling for restructuring of the Executive to re-introduce a parliamentary system and have a president elected by a college of legislatures.

ODM also wants the abolition of nominated senators and reduction of the size of the National Assembly from current 349 to 180 legislators.

“New executive positions of regional premier and deputy regional premier should be created in addition to establishment of regional public service boards. There should also be elected county police chiefs and regional ombudsman,” the proposal reads.

Building Bridges Committee Chairman Yusuf Haji speaks during the citizen engagement forum at Machakos University.
The party also called for devolution of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission and adoption of full electronic voting to deal with electoral fraud.

“The IEBC Act should also be amended to establish national and regional commissions, limit election petitions to one petition, save for presidential election, which should end at the Supreme Court.”

It also called for establishment of national and regional electoral commissions, whose members will be nominated by political parties.

The opposition party also wants the chairmanship of IEBC at national and regional levels made rotational.
They further suggested the introduction of 14 regional governments and creation of regional assemblies comprising all members of county assemblies in each region.

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