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Uhuru Ally Proposes Bill That Will See The Next President Have 2 Deputies

Fresh details have pointed at an attempt to make the changes proposed in the annulled BBI push through the parliament.

This is thanks to efforts by the Constitution Implementation Oversight Committee which wants some serious changes before 2022.

The Ndaragwa MP Jeremiah Kioni-led committee has since come up with a new draft which seeks to have the country have two deputies beginning 2022.

The draft also seeks to place the power of picking the deputy on the President, the plan being to ensure that the President and his deputies are always on the same page.

“The rationale of the amendments is to ensure stability in government by ensuring the deputy president supports the agenda of the President and realise the national values and principles of governance,” he told The Star.

The bill also seeks to give the President powers to nominate a Prime Minister and two deputies. He says that he has written to the Speaker for permission to introduce the bill.

He told the paper that Kenyans could get a chance to vote on the same during next year’s polls, changes that also seek to introduce 70 additional constituencies.

“We can have an extra ballot come elections time. We need to do this without seeing it as benefiting Raila Odinga, William Ruto or President Kenyatta. Let us look at it as a solution to our problems as Kenyans,” he is quoted.

This comes after the collapse of the BBI, which the courts have termed illegal and unconstitutional, which sought to introduce all the changes his committee is trying to make.

The verdict has been seen as a big blow to President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM boss Raila Odinga, the BBI founders, even as the BBI Secretariat says that it’s moving to the Supreme Court over the same.

National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi has, however, not confirmed receiving his letter on the proposed changes yet. It is not clear yet if the plan had the blessings of the executive.

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