Following the release of the new BBI report, the leadership of West Pokot County led by Prof. John Lonyangapuo held a consultative meeting with all West Pokot stakeholders and opinion leaders at Kishaunet Grounds with a view to get the county’s views on the report.
During a day-long consultative forum, the stakeholders came up with a joint communique that will see the community drum up support for the report which was launched last week.
1. All communities to be brought on board in the constitutional amendments including minority communities
2. Woman Representative position to be retained at National Assembly to continue with the mandate of overseeing Affirmative Action Fund
3. Inclusivity component in the BBI report should be expanded and be made clearer in the constitutional changing process so that all members of the Kenyan society feel included in the BBI report
4. The need for wide circulation of copies of the BBI draft reports to enable residents to familiarize with its contents.
5. Small parties without Presidential candidate and Governor to lose nominations under the BBI draft report. This needs to be amended to safeguard interests of such parties.
6. The report to be presented in different vernacular stations for enhanced understanding
7. The draft report to be translated into different languages for ease of interpretation
8. Multiple member constituencies will disadvantage other communities and this call for more clarity
9. Two-third gender rule be subjected to the President and Prime Minister and not Governors only
10. Prime Minister and his or her deputies should not be selected from the same political parties to foster inclusivity and reduce concerns of 'winner takes it all'
11. Historical injustices be looked into so that communities affected get justice
12. Based on 2019 census where West Pokot population was recorded at 621,241, we are therefore entitled to one additional MP and constituency.