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Election bill targeting Gachagua from vying for the presidency in future

Gachagua targeted in the proposed election bill by Operation Linda Gatuzi from vying for president.

A deputy president may permanently be blocked from vying to be the president if a new proposal to amend the Constitution sails through.

Governors who have completed their two constitutional terms will also be impacted as they would not be permitted to run for a senate position.

The recommendations are a part of the amendments that Operation Linda Gatuzi, a lobby, wants to be added to and included in the Constitution.

This means, should be the push becomes successful, DP Rigathi Gachagua may run for any other elective seat but not that of the president once Ruto completes his term in office.

“This bill offers Kenyans a unique and well-informed opportunity to enact constitutional reforms, to strengthen the governance of our democratic institution and devolved structure of governance,” the document reads.

The group launched a national drive aimed at collecting one million signatures for the amendments on Monday.

It seeks to raise the signatures by June of next year.

The architects want Article 137 of the Constitution on qualifications and disqualifications for election as the president amended such that a person who has served as a deputy president becomes ineligible to vie.

In an abridged version of the Constitutional amendment Bill, the lobby is also pushing to have 30 clauses revised through a popular initiative.

Members of county assemblies are also set to win big should the propose election bill becomes successful as it will see a ward development fund established with an allocation to counties being increased to 35 percent.

The creation of the position of a super senator, increase in university allocation to 15 percent of the national budget, and establishment of independent commissions to handle issues pertaining to youth, and PWDs have also been proposed.

A doctors’ commission to deal with issues of doctors has been fronted.

Amendment of the Constitution through a popular initiative is provided for under Article 257.

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