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Inside proposal by Ruto ally to increase presidential term limit to SEVEN years

Ruto ally Senator Samson Cherargei proposes the presidential term limit be increased to SEVEN years before the next election.

Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei has proposed to the National Dialogue Committee that the presidential term be increased from the existing five to seven years.

The Nandi Senator submitted his memo to the dialogue team asking for the Constitution to be changed so that a president serves for seven years before the subsequent election. 

The ally of President William Ruto claims that five years in office are insufficient for running the government and assembling a strong team to implement the election manifesto. 

If Cherargei’s proposal is actualized, whoever is elected president would hold office for a term of seven years, with the option of being reelected for another seven years.

The committee chaired by Majority Leader Kimani Ichungwa and Wiper Leader Kalonzo Musyoka will begin interrogating the submissions before making their recommendations. 

Chapter nine of the Constitution under Article 142 says: “The President shall hold office for a term beginning on the date on which the President was sworn in and ending when the person next elected President in accordance with Article 136 (2) (a) is sworn in.”

The constitution only stipulates a five-year term with the possibility of another five-year term, thus, altering the structure of the constitution will require a referendum.

Cherargei further wants the talks team to establish the Office of the Prime Minister who will sit in parliament and be the official spokesman of government in the house.

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Other teams that appeared before the dialogue team include the IEBC that on its part proposed to have the presidential elections conducted separately from other elective positions.

“We are proposing that since the presidential election is the only contested we have it conducted on its separate day,” IEBC CEO Marjan Marjan said.

Ichung’wa asked in response asked: “Did your commission file any complaint on the events of 15th August at the Bomas of Kenya?

The Central Organisation of Trade Unions (COTU) on its part wants the president to order a general wage increase. 

This would compel all employers to increase salaries for their employees to help them absorb the shocks of the current economic stress.

On the two-thirds gender rule, women from KEWOPA want the law changed to have the gubernatorial candidates select a member of the opposite gender as a running mate.

“If a governor is male the deputy should be female,” Nandi Woman Rep Cynthia Muge stated.

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