The BBI report: Will this time be any different?

BBI Report

The release of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report was without a doubt one of the defining moments of the decade in Kenya.

We waited with baited breath for the brainchild of President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

Kenyans have only ever witnessed an alliance of this scale twice before. It happened the first time in the electoral pact between Mr Odinga and President Mwai Kibaki in 2002, ironically, to defeat Mr Kenyatta in the race for the first post-Moi presidency.

The second occasion was between President Kibaki and Mr Odinga, when they signed the 2008 power-sharing deal to end the post-election violence.

Almost 10 years later, a “dual” general election in 2017 left the nation stumped. The wounds could only heal by bringing together the two warring sides. It seemed impossible but it happened with a surprising and unexpected “handshake”.

It was a good political start but it had to be operationalised. A team of prominent persons was put in place and the BBI was launched. The team came up with a report entitled Building Bridges to a United Kenya:  from a nation of blood ties to a nation of ideals.


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