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Dilemma As MPs Push For Constitutional Amendment To Allow Two Deputy Presidents

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The High Cout and the Court of Appeal nullified Building Bridges Initiative stating it was unconstitutional, null and Void. The Judges said the Bill was not a popular Initiative and that it was promoted by the Executive and not the people of Kenya. After the nullification of BBI in the lower Court Judges, a section of Members of Parliament in the National Assembly has maintained the Constitution should be amended to allow for the creation of the two Deputy Presidents that will help the President in the next Government after Kenyatta's.

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The committee said one Deputy President will be a substantial assistant to the President and the other one will be taking over when the President is not available. However, the decision of who to be substantial assistant to the President is still a problem to be decided. The amendment is driven by Members of Parliament in the National Assembly Constitution Oversight Committee(CIOC). The Committee is cautious about the changes and the clarity of who between the two should play a substantial role to President in the next Government.

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"We have finalized the Bill on the expansion of the executive but first must address some grey areas around the creation of two positions of the Deputy President. There are questions on which one of them will assume the role of the head of the Deputy's state in absence of the President. The bill needs to put clarity on the matter," said Ndaragwa MP Jeremiah Kioni.

For the amendment to be successful, MPs have called for a plebiscite which they maintained should be included in the 2022 general elections. This move aims to achieve the provision s in the Building Bridges Initiative that aimed to ex[pand the executive by creating the position of the two Deputy Presidents.

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