Former powerful Head of Public Service Francis Muthaura's proposal to the BBI team ignites the memories of grand coalition government (2008-13) in which he was a key player.
Throughout the time, Muthaura openly castigated then Prime Minister Raila Odinga, provoking often ODM members who felt that President Mwai Kibaki had failed to adhere to rules of engagement.
Despite the immense power in Raila's office, it was just temporary and often complained about the MOU being violated, a claim that was always dismissed by Muthaura.
In his proposal just like the 2008 setup, the best loser in presidential polls becomes Prime Minister. He will among other, coordinate government functions and chair Cabinet Committees.
Further, the President will be unable to sack the Prime Minister for stability of the country, an aspect that aims at bringing on board all competitors.
“Once the results of the presidential elections are announced by the electoral commission, the candidates having the highest number of votes and the second highest number of votes will form a government of national coalition.”
“That means we are now bringing together the two opposing sides at that point. The candidate with the highest number of votes will become the President, who will immediately appoint the second candidate as Prime Minister,” he said.
Muthaura further elaborated that the President will not have the powers to sack the premier, to ensure stability of government.
“The prime minister will chair Cabinet committees and coordinate government functions and will do so under the Executive authority of the President,” he said.
But the proposal sharply contradicts that of Mr Odinga's ODM, which happened to serve in a similar set-up in the said period. While Muthaura's proposal still gives imperial Presidency a node, ODM has a contrary feeling.
The Orange party believes the PPM should be Executive and should be the leader of the Majority party in parliament. The president should be ceremonial.
However, all the proposal shall be looked at with an aim of backing an all inclusive government, to avoid post election violence in future. Whether Muthaura's proposal will make it, it's only a matter of time.
It remains unclear why a man who once opposed such a set-up would make such a U-turn. He was often accused by Raila's team of undermining the National Accord.