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Ruto responds on proposal to increase presidential term limit to SEVEN years

Ruto through his UDA party dismisses proposal by Senator Samson Cherargei to increase presidential term limit from current five to seven years.

The United Democratic Alliance (UDA) of President Ruto dismissed Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei’s proposal to increase extend presidential term limits.

The ruling party pointed out that the senator’s opinions did not represent those of the Head of State in a statement dated September 25.

“The UDA Party respects and upholds the Senator’s personal views but particularly on the referenced subject, those views do not reflect the perspectives of the UDA Party and/or its Party Leader, H.E. the President, William Ruto,” read the statement in part.

“The President solemnly swore to respect, uphold and defend the Constitution which is abundantly clear and categorical on the Presidential term limit.”

Malala added that the party was committed to keeping its commitments and that it will soon present its scorecard for public evaluation.

“Respectfully, therefore, the term limit debate is superfluous and peripheral,” added the statement.

The response by Ruto’s UDA party comes after Cherargei in his memorandum to the National Dialogue Committee proposed the five-year term limit imposed on Presidents extended to seven years.

The Senator argued that the five-year limit was insufficient for the president to effectively run and for Ruto’s regime to deliver on its promises.

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Meanwhile, there has been calls by Ruto allies to increase presidential term limit from the current five years.

Fafi Member of Parliament (MP) Salah Yakub last year proposed the removal of the 10-year limit and instead said the age limit for contesting for the presidency capped at 75 years.

Laikipia Senator John Kinyua in August pushed for the elimination of term limits for both the presidential and gubernatorial positions, contending that such a move would empower leaders at these two tiers of government to effectively fulfill their commitments to Kenyans.

Nominated senator Karen Nyamu has also openly supported the removal of term limits.

However, President William Ruto has in his public pronouncements denounced the proposal to change the constitution to extent presidential term limit.

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