CARMEL RICKARD: Kenya: Papering over the cracks?
It may have survived a challenge to its constitutionality, but Kenya’s Building Bridges Initiative has apparently not met similar success in uniting the nation
It began with what Kenyans refer to as "the handshake" — the moment in March 2018 when arch-rivals President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga put aside their differences and pledged to negotiate a peaceful way forward in the wake of disputed elections.
Their pledge morphed into the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), a task force established to bring an end to instability and consider the biggest challenges the country has faced since independence. After a number of appointments, much discussion and many proposals, the BBI published its report late last year.