A new push to amend the Constitution has gained momentum in Parliament, with new radical proposals to give the President sweeping powers to hire and fire his deputy.
The Constitutional Implementation Oversight Committee has written to National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi informing him of its intention to introduce the bill, which would also allow the President to nominate two deputies.
The details emerged at a time when President Uhuru Kenyatta’s relationship and his deputy, William Ruto, has hit rock bottom, with the two openly squabbling.
CIOC chairman Jeremiah Kioni, a close ally of President Kenyatta, also proposes the establishment of the position of prime minister and two deputies —similar proposals in the BBI report that was scuttled in the Court of Appeal on August 20.
“The rationale of the amendments is to ensure stability in government by ensuring the deputy president supports the agenda of the President and realise the national values and principles of governance,” Kioni states.
It remains unclear if the initiative has the blessings of the Executive.
However, Kioni tsaid that there was a chance to vote for the proposals alongside the 2022 polls.
“We can have an extra ballot come elections time. We need to do this without seeing it as benefiting Raila Odinga, William Ruto or President Kenyatta. Let us look at it as a solution to our problems as Kenyans,” the lawmaker said.
By The Star