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BBI team given 4 demands by youth group before Uhuru gets crucial report

Scrap off deputy governor's seat

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga with members of the Building Bridges Initiative taskforce at State House

Tuinuke initiative a youth-led organization tabled its views before the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) taskforce Thursday.

The initiative suggested that resources be distributed equally and consideration given to counties with a large population like Nairobi since consumption is also high.

"Let the counties be financed in regard to the population that it has. On the other hand, wards require to be allocated resources that will meet the needs of its population," the group stated.

Wambui Nyutu, the chairperson of the Tuinuke youth initiative also pointed out the need to have the leader of opposition be automatically nominated as the leader of minority in the National Assembly to curb the consequences of the winner takes it all during the election period.

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Scrap deputy governor's seat

According to the group, counties should be reduced to a number that is manageable in an effort to reduce the country's wage bill.

They also proposed to have the position of the deputy governor and county public service boards in counties scrapped off.

"Allocate to the Senate enough resources to enable it to perform its watchdog function effectively by ensuring Governors and county governments spend public resources in a sustainable way," the youth initiative proposed.

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Final lap for BBI

Other proposals that have been brought forward to the BBI include the establishment of regional assemblies, where Members of County Assembly from the same region seat and legislate from regional assemblies as opposed to wards.

Even as the BBI team enters its final stretch of collecting views from key stakeholders, it’s now evident that a referendum is inevitable.

The team is expected to make a report before the end of September and present it to President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

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