A new Bill that proposes that the head of state should be given authority to fire his deputy has been presented to the Parliament.
The Committee is pushing for the president to be granted powers to sack his/her deputy at his/her own will. The proposal was introduced under the constitutional amendment Bill 2021.
According to the bill, the president will only send home the deputy if a third of the Parliament's members and those of the senate reinforce the move.
“Article 150(1) is amended by inserting a new paragraph that gives the president powers to sack with at least one-third of all the members of the National Assembly and at least one-third of all members of the senate,” part of the proposal reads.
Currently, the constitution provides that two third of the members are required to support the motion for such a decision.
Before, the constitution allowed the president to retrench his deputant but the mandate was taken away in the promulgation of the 2010 constitution.
The new bill further asserts that the president should have two deputies, a prime minister and two vice prime ministers.
Besides that, it suggests that each candidate in a presidential election shall nominate two persons who are qualified for nomination for election as president, as a candidate for the first deputy president and the other as a candidate for second deputy president.
This accrues from the disparities between Mwigai Kenyatta and his deputiser William Ruto.
Uhuru and William fell out after the former buried the hatchet with his political rival Raila Odinga in the famous handshake which culminated in the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).
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