Kenya may go into 2022 elections with 2 deputy president posts if a new bill from Uhuru Kenyatta allies that seeks to expand cabinet goes through.
The new bill is being spearheaded by the National Assembly's Constitutional Implementation Oversight Committee (CIOC), which is led by Ndaragwa MP Jeremiah Kioni.
“We have finalised the Bill on the expansion of the Executive but first we must address some grey area around the creation of the 2 positions of deputy president,” Kioni told people daily.
The draft Bill, which is being drafted by Parliament's legal office, also proposes a number of constitutional reforms, including the creation of the roles of prime minister and two deputy premiers.
The chair of the CIOC, who is a staunch supporter of President Uhuru Kenyatta, said the committee is now meeting in Mombasa to fine-tune a Bill that will be presented to the National Assembly when it returns from recess in two weeks.
He stated the only thing left is to name the deputy president who will take over leadership if the first in command is unavailable.
“There are questions on which one of them will assume the role of the Head of State in absence of the President. We want the role of each officeholder defined properly,” the Ndaragwa MP opines.
The bill also proposes allowing a governor to designate MCAs to the county executive committee and having the Attorney-General undertake the tasks of a Cabinet Secretary as allocated by the President.
However, the bill has reignited a spat between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his estranged deputy William Ruto.
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