“Parliamentary system the best way to go”

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By JOSEPH OJWANG.

Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) Secretary General Francis Atwoli is calling for further amendment to the Building Bridges initiative (BBI) report just a day after it was launched.

Atwoli says if BBI is implemented as it is then it will cure no problem especially post election violence after every five years.

He says as COTU they rooted for a parliamentary system of governance when they gave their views before the BBI team.

He said BBI heaped all powers to the President and every politician will now scramble to become a President since it shall be powerful.

Addressing a press conference at Tom Mboya Labour College in Kisumu, Atwoli says the country must adopt a parliamentary system that shall be all inclusive to make Kenyans feel represented in the government.

He says the country will go into violence every election cycle if the report is adopted giving the President immense powers.

Atwoli says the governance structure in the country must accommodate all Kenyans to avoid the persistent post-poll flare-ups when winner takes it all.

The COTU boss appealed to those who will be making presentations to the BBI technical committee to emphasize on the need to have those who will lose in presidential polls and their cronies accommodated.

He says for Kenya to be a peaceful country, amendments must be made to the BBI report to conform to realities on the ground.

Atwoli noted that in the event the parliamentary system is not given way then counties should be left to govern themselves.

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