Building bridges intiative (BBI, Building Bridges Initiative). This is the find of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to anticipate political crises and thereby cement national unity. And the opponent Raila Odinga believes it.
« Bomas of Kenya », a major cultural center in the heart of Nairobi, certainly, but apparently little known worldwide. However, it could become a significant referent for Kenyan posterity in the future.
And for good reason ? It is here that intellectuals, members of civil society and political actors gather under the leadership of President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga as well. Planned Objective: to unveil and discuss the state of application of Building Bridges Intiative (BBI, Building Bridges Initiative).
Launched by the Kenyan Head of State almost a year ago, the BBI is intended to build national unity. « BBI is about strengthening equity, gender equality, equality of all in justice. It is about erasing phenomena like electoral violence, tribalism and regionalism that have harmed us, « defended this morning on televsion, Musalia Mudavadi, a close friend of Uhuru Kenyatta.
It is therefore the continuation of a process started almost a year ago at the highest summit of the Kenyan political universe. In late May 2018, against all odds, Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga appear in public for the second time (after the unexpected handshake of March) and ask in chorus pardon to the Kenyan people.
« No more deaths because of politics »
« We campaigned against each other, we said nasty things to each other, and today I apologize and apologize, » said Kenyatta. « Never again will a Kenyan die because of an election, » Raila Odinga said.
The two leaders alluded to the violence that killed nearly 100 people, following the protest of the results of the presidential election of August 2017.
And since the mea culpa of the two leaders, the pact of peace has taken on the appearance of an irrevocable process. A real « I love you too » that materializes when Raila Odinga is delegated in South Africa as the representative of the Kenyan State at the funeral of Winnie Mandela who died in April 2018.
But the BBI may be relevant, it is far from reassuring all Kenyans. Internet users believe that the BBI is an « empty » shell. « The content of the BBI is confusing and almost as empty as a drum. It is a sinecure set up to fatten the friends. So, it’s not realistic, « laments, for example, on Twitter John Githongo, an anonymous person.