BBI is key to the creation of a new Kenya

The launch of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report at Bomas of Kenya, Nairobi, on October 26.

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The new era is here with us. The process that will give Kenyans the proverbial silver bullet that will kill our most dangerous enemy has begun. The country will soon begin to submit signatures to ratify the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report that seeks to build a united Kenya.   

As President Uhuru Kenyatta noted during his State of The Nation Address a few days ago, the future is indeed bright.

Like it happened in August 2010, the feeling of building a more peaceful Kenya is here with us, and the least we can do for our motherland is to append our signatures as a requirement for the process to begin.

The BBI gives this country another chance to re-evaluate and push further our national goals.

This kind of diligence should accompany an acknowledgement of the issues we face. Without recognising the problems, it would be impossible to overcome them. 

What began with a simple handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga on March 9, 2018, has finally been turned into a tangible document on whose back the fate the country lies.

Kenyan politics will no longer be a game ruled by a privileged elite. It is not them against us, it is everyone for everyone else. The people we elected are listening, or at least figuring out how best to listen. Politicians who have used their wealth and connections to engage in graft are no longer welcome in this political landscape.

This is not only a time for reflection and setting new goals, but also to actualise the best that we can hope for.

This is the time for young Kenyans to have their voice heard. 

The youth have been asking themselves what kind of job security the government is going to offer them. They keep wondering if they are going to raise families of their own, and retire in peace.

The BBI offers many answers these questions. At no other moment in our nation’s history has the government invested so greatly in determining what the people want, rather than making decisions without thorough consultations.

The youth today face mass unemployment and an uncertain future. But the problems of today will not be the problems of the future if the BBI is implemented.


The document rightly identifies corruption as one of the biggest issues facing our society.

As a community, we have acknowledged this egregious issue and the anti-corruption campaign is slowly changing it. The report offers serious solutions that will make corruption unattractive.

Another item that will improve the opportunities available to the youth is eliminating obstacles for budding entrepreneurs. Now, a young Kenyan wishing to initiate a start-up faces so many obstacles. The report offers practical solutions to these issues.  

Myles Leo 

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