Before The Myanmar Army overthrew the democratically elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi earlier this month, the country had a very unique governance structure, and going by a major statement the Jubilee De-Facto Secretary General, David Murathe issued this past week, it might very well be the case that the country may be headed for a similar, if not an identical, governance structure.
Aung San Suu Kyi had been a long time opposition leader in Myanmar, the country formally known as Burma, and had for decades been fighting for political freedom from the autocratic Junta that ruled the country. As international pressure grew on the country to open up the democratic space, and China seemed to fall back on its previously fervent defence of the regime, the ruling military finally ceded to calls for democratic elections, but in an effort to block Aung San whose leadership they still remained wary off, they changed the constitution to say that a person married to a foreigner isn’t eligible to run for the country’s presidency. Aung San Suu Kyi is married to a Briton.
In order to go round this constitutional provision, Syu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party amended its constitution so that it presented, not a presidential candidate at the polls, but a party appointee. This meant, any person could fly the party’s flag at the polls, but it would be the party’s leader, Suu Kyi, that would be the real leader.
On last Tuesday, during an interview on Citizen TV that was hosted by Waihiga Mwaura on NewsNight, Murathe was facing off Elgeyo Marakwet senator Kipchumba Murkomen.
During the program, David Murathe let it be known that, while Uhuru would be retiring as the Head of State, he wouldn’t retire as head of Jubilee.
This is the clearest indication so far that the party is perhaps keen on changing its constitution so that Uhuru has a chance to continue ruling while out of State House.