President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday threw jabs at local politicians who were watching his every move, especially in matters building bridges initiative (BBI) politics.
Speaking during an interview with US governance and engagement organization, Atlantic Council, Uhuru asserted that the BBI was the only way to save the country’s political future.
In response to a question raised by former US ambassador to Kenya, Mark Bellamy, on his political goals for the BBI, Uhuru noted that the leadership model the country had been relying on, since the Daniel Moi era, was not a sustainable one, and his goal was to institute an inclusive system of government, where election losers would also get a share of power.
“The model of ‘first past the post’ is not effectively working for us as Kenya,” Uhuru told the former envoy.
”We have to look for a different model that allows for greater inclusion so that it is not winner takes it all,” he added.
Taking a swipe at the ongoing derogatory BBI politics in the country, the head of state indicated that he would not go too much into detail on what his specific goals were for the controversial initiative, which he introduced alongside ODM leader Raila Odinga, since copy cats were all over waiting to adopt his ideas as their own.
”You know Kenyan politics…The minute you hear this is what the president wants…you will hear I want this,” Uhuru said amidst bursts of laughter from the audience.
Former US Ambassador Mark Bellamy asks Kenyatta his political goals for the Building Bridges Initiative.
— Atlantic Council (@AtlanticCouncil) February 5, 2020
”All I’m saying is, I don’t want to say that this is what I want, because then everybody will say you see…He is pushing his own agenda,” the president added.
He stated generally that his goal was for a process that would be accepted by the majority of Kenyans as fair and transparent.