Even as president William Ruto continues to confound many with his unexpected constitutional amendment bill that appears to give Raila Odinga a lifeline by offering him an official nationally-recognised role, one of his closest allies is now cautioning ODM members to go slow on the celebrations, and disclosing to them worrying revelations.
Nandi senator Samson Cherargei made it clear that the president’s proposed changes have absolutely nothing to do with appeasing the Orange Democratic Movement party leader or introducing a Handshake into the nation’s matrix. He said, through his Twitter handle, that the main aim of the amendments are to serve as a panacea for the third-gender-rule conundrum, definite government structure among others. His tweet read,
Senator Kiprotich Arap Cherargei
H.E Ruto Proposed constitutional AMMENDMENT Proposals to Parliament is to cure 30% of grey areas in constitution 2010 e.g gender parity , specialised areas & definitive govt. Structure etc BUT not nusu mkate /handshake govt . Azimio-OKA Relax ! mambo bado !. Blessed sabbath
In a memorandum dated December 9, 2022, addressed to the Speakers of the Bicameral Parliament, President William Ruto proposed an amendment to the Constitution enacted in 2010.
The President wants members of the two Houses to spearhead the process after the Supreme Court in the BBI case affirmed that the Head of State lacks authority to initiate changes to the Constitution.
Ruto, 100 days into his tenure as the country’s 5th president after a closely contested State House race on August 9, has proposed the creation of an office of the official leader of opposition, to cure what he says was a constitutional shortfall on the full post-election fate of the minority side.
He proposes that Parliament considers an amendment to Chapter 9 of the Constitution to establish the office of official leader of opposition, whose functions will be provided for in subsequent laws enacted by the House.
According to the President, such an office would institutionalise governance, strengthen oversight and deepen democracy in the country.
To enhance Parliamentary oversight of the Executive, the President proposes amendments to the Parliamentary standing orders to facilitate the participation of Cabinet Secretaries or Chief Administrative Secretaries in Parliamentary proceedings, and enable them respond to questions posed by Members of Parliament in their capacity as the people’s representatives and in execution of their oversight roles.
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