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Why I Want to Give the President Powers Over His DP - MP

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto (left) at State House in Nairobi on September 21, 2017.Jeremiah Kioni, a Ndaragwa Member of Parliament and the chairperson of the National Assembly Constitutional Implementation Oversight Committee (CIOC), says plans to amend the constitution to give the President broad powers over his Deputy are still on the table.During an interview on KTN News on Thursday, October 14, Kioni argued that granting the Deputy President any powers would be dangerous to the country because it would lead to a schism among Kenyans if the DP decided to use such powers.

"If you give the Deputy President and President powers, what if they decide to start exercising their own powers separately?" You've divided the country. You cannot delegate some powers to an office; what if the office decides to rebel, as is the case today? "We would not have a country if the Deputy President had constitutional powers," Kioni stated.

The legislator insisted that the Deputy President has no roles assigned to him and can only be given responsibilities by the President. "There were no roles assigned to the DP; his job is to deputize the President, and he can be told what to do or wait." The second-term MP also defended the Bill, claiming that it does not target DP Ruto, as several United Democratic Alliance (UDA) parliamentarians claimed.

"William Samoei Ruto has nothing to do with this." He will have left the office by the time the Bill takes effect." Ndindi Nyoro, Kiharu's counterpart, criticized the move, claiming that leaders are wasting too much time on endless constitutional reforms rather than focusing on issues affecting Kenyans.Deputy President William Ruto (right) speaks to Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro at AIPCA Church in Kenol on Sunday, October 4, 2020.

"They keep taking us into rounds on constitutional review issues, but the major issue and predicament that Kenyans are currently facing is not of a constitutional nature, most of it is of an economic nature," he said. "Unfortunately, we are wasting too much time on endless constitutional reform proposals, especially those geared toward power."

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