BBI in Kenya means Building Bridges Initiative. It was started on March 9th 2018 after president Uhuru Kenyatta his closest competitor Raila Odinga decided to shakes hands and unite the country that was at the brink of splitting in the middle. What is now commonly referred to as the Handshake in Kenya.
They thereafter jointly formed a team of individuals who held public participation forums across the 47 counties in Kenya to collect views on what changes Kenyans would want to see from the provided 9 agendas (listed below).
The bbi team collected recommendations from 7,000 Kenyans and compiled them in what is now the BBI Report.
Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) 9 point agenda
BBI Team collected views from the public based on the following 9 point agendas:
How to end Ethnic Division
How to solve Polarizing elections
Safety and Security
How to deal with corruption
How to deals with Lack of National ethos
Responsibility and Rights
The ushering in of the Building Bridges to New Kenyan Nation Initiative has been informed in one part by the painful reality of Kenyas electoral system which, every electoral cycle, precipitates deadly violence which has led to loss of lives, limb, population displacement and destruction of property and in another part by the need to pursue with more vigor, Kenyas elusive Nationhood Project. It has been observed that all Kenyan elections where there has been (a) major challenger(s) facing an incumbent President have ended in violence. This is true of the 1992, 1997, 2007 and the 2017 elections. The 2007 electoral cycle witnessed the worst form of violence that almost drove the country to the precipice; had it not been for the timely intervention by the international community through the African Union (AU) fronted Kenya National Dialogue and Reconciliation (KNDR) process which led to the formation of the Grand Coalition Government under the National Accord Act, 2008. There are still unsettled Internally and Integrated Displaced Persons. The 2017 violence and the resultant deaths including those of children, use of rape against women as a weapon of war and destruction of property was a blot on the integrity and dignity of Kenyas sovereignty among the community of civilized nations. This happened in spite of Kenya having adopted a fairly progressive Constitution that guarantees sanctity of life, civil liberties and protection of property.
In an effort aimed at sparing succeeding generations of Kenyans the scourge of the debilitating cyclic electoral violence and forging national cohesion, H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta and H.E. Raila Amolo Odinga who were foremost protagonists in the 2017 Presidential Election, surprised Kenyans by unveiling the now famous Handshake on 9th March 2018. Subsequent to the unveiling of the Building Bridges to a New Kenyan Nation Initiative, Ambassador Martin Kimani and Mr. Paul Mwangi were appointed Joint Coordinators. An Advisory Task Force of fourteen (14) members was initially nominated to advise H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta and H.E. Raila Amolo Odinga on operationalizing the Handshake. The character of the Task Force was transformed via the Kenya Gazette, Vol. CXXNo. 64 of 31st May, 2018; Notice No. 5154 dated 24th May, 2018 in which H. E. President Uhuru Kenyatta, established the Advisory Committee as the Building Bridges to Unity Advisory Taskforce.