Parliamentary System is the Way to Go, Aden Duale on BBI


National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale has called on the BBI to recommend the parliamentary system of governance in its final report which is expected to be handed over to President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM party leader Raila Odinga anytime from now.

According to Duale, a pure parliamentary system will ensure election contest ends at the constituent level making both Bomas and Supreme Court lose relevance regarding elections.

He opined that the parliamentary system will ensure that all communities will fully participate in the running of state affairs, solve ethnic political lobbying as well as bringing to an end post-election acts of violence witnessed after every general election in Kenya.

“For an all-inclusive Gvt where all communities can participate in running of the state affairs, ethnic political lobbying, and post-election violence. BBI should recommend a referendum where we will initiate a pure west minister model of a pure parliamentary system.

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In case the report maintains the presidential system, Dualed argued that the ministers must come from Parliament just like the French model. He added that the office of the leader of opposition must also be anchored in the constitution.

Duale, who has openly expressed his support for the BBI, opined that the report must address tribalism and ethnic violence at the same time promote inclusivity in Kenya.

According to the MP, BBI should recommend a constitutional change from a pure presidential system to a pure parliamentary system as this would help address equal resource distribution menace which some MPs have already cried foul over.

At the same time, the vocal MP also bashed at some of the Mt. Kenya leaders who have come out to express their displeasure over the proposal.

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While acknowledging the fact that the central Kenya region has dominated Kenyan leadership since independence, Duale urged the leaders to embrace a new way of leadership which will ensure equal political and economic dominance among all communities in the country.

“To my colleagues from Mt. Kenya, Kenya belongs to all of us; since independence, Central Kenya has dominated the leadership, and we should spread both political and economic dominance to all the communities to create an all-inclusive and stable nation for future generations,” posted Duale on Twitter.

Parliamentary system is a form of government in which the party (or a coalition of parties) with the greatest representation in the parliament (legislature) forms the government, and its leader becoming the Prime Minister.

Executive functions are exercised by members of the parliament appointed by the prime minister to the cabinet. The parties in the minority serve in opposition to the majority and have the duty to challenge it regularly.

Prime ministers may be removed from power whenever they lose the confidence of a majority of the ruling party or of the parliament. The parliamentary system originated in Britain and was adopted in several of its former colonies.

The presidential system puts the presidency in a more politically stable position than the parliamentary system. In the parliamentary system, the president can be dismissed anytime. Obviously, because s/he is appointed rather than elected.

Moreover, the parliamentary system brings inclusiveness as the president heads the state, chief justice heads judiciary and PM the executive.






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