Although the memorable incident from last year on October 25th during the launch of the Building Bridges Initiative Report at the Bomas of Kenya where then Deputy President William Ruto walked up to Uhuru Kenyatta and whispered something to him has led to endless speculation over what the two might have communicated, one of president Ruto’s top supporters is now hinting at something else.
Popular Kenya Kwanza Alliance online influencer Thirsty Kipsoiwet posted a suggestive video implying that the two were probably plotting on how the BBI would be pushed forward regardless of what happened at the poll.
All these are happening in the backdrop of a push by the president to introduce constitutional changes, a move that has been compared to the BBI. .
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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