Housing Coalition Statement on BBI Report Recommendations on Socio-Economic Rights
The Housing Coalition is a network of Community-Based Organizations and Civil Society Organizations engaged in the preservation and protection of the Right to Adequate Housing in Kenya. We note with appreciation the Government of Kenya’s ambition to build a united nation that is responsive to the urgent need for prosperity, fairness, and dignity for all Kenyans through the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Process. The Housing Coalition has reviewed the BBI report as presented to Kenyans on 26th October 2020 and noted progressive proposals to provide a mechanism for monitoring, evaluating and enforcing implementation of economic and social rights under Article 43 of the Constitution.
The Building Bridges Initiative proposes to amend Article 132 of the Constitution (Functions of the President) to provide for the President to report on the progress in achieving the economic and social rights guaranteed under Article 43 by submitting a report for debate to the National Assembly. The report also proposes the establishment
of the Ward development fund for capital expenditure in the Counties for purposes of Article 43 (Economic and Social Rights) of the Constitution.