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OPINION: What Is Likely To Happen If DP Ruto Tenders His Resignation

As 2022 politics gains momentum, a section of Kenyans have called upon Deputy President William Ruto to tender his resignation and continue working on his 2022 ambition after a bitter fallout with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

If the second in command goes by the section of Kenyans calling upon him to resign, the President will nominate a person to take up the role after fourteen (14) days of informing the public of the vacancy.

Following the wide rift between President Kenyatta and his deputy Kenyans have been wondering what would actually happen if the DP resigned from the government.

The second in command in previous interviews has complained that his duties have been assigned to the Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i maintaining that he is in government to stay because he was constitutionally elected together with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The Head of State on Monday 23 August during an exclusive interview at Citizen TV took a swipe at the Deputy President, daring him to step aside instead of attacking the government he is serving at.

“The honourable thing is that if you are not happy with it, step aside and allow those who want to move on to do so and take your agenda to the people,” President Kenyatta said.

“I would hope that people would have the courage to do that instead of throwing stones in the same house that you live in,” the President added.

The Head of State also asserted that he is not aware of why the DP’s allied leaders decided to attack the government during his interview, noting that the attacks will not derail him from achieving his agendas.

According to Article 149 of the Constitution, the president shall nominate a person to fill the post within 14 days after the vacancy arises and the National Assembly shall vote on the same within 60 days after receiving the nomination

The person shall become the legitimate Deputy President if the process is completed successfully and will be deemed to have served a full term if at the time of assuming the office is more than two-and-a-half years to the date of the next General polls.

The person will not have served a full term if he of she assumes office less than two and a half yeas to the next general polls.

The deputy president may be removed from office on physical grounds or mental incapacity to perform the functions of the office or through impeachment.

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    Written by Emily Odeny

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