Jubilee MP drafts Bill to create PM position

Jubilee MP drafts Bill to create PM position

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Tiaty MP Kassait Kamket has drafted a new Bill to amend the Constitution and create the position of Prime Minister.

The MP is expected to on Wednesday appear before the Budget and Appropriations Committee chaired by Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wa to look into the implication of the proposal.

In the Bill, the Jubilee MP wants the PM to have executive powers and be the leader of government business. He says the proposed post is to be filled by an elected MP.

“…to amend the Constitution which will allow Parliament to provide for the position of Prime Minister, leader of the Opposition, and members of the shadow Cabinet,” he said.

Kenya has had two Prime Ministers – at independence and during the Grand Coalition Government which was negotiated after the 207 post-election violence.

Kamket also proposes that the President should have ceremonial powers serving a single seven-year term.

“The Bill seeks to amend the constitution to limit the president to a ceremonial role of Head of State and a symbol of national unity,”

According to the Bill, the President is to be elected in a joint sitting of Parliament convened on the first Thursday of December every seventh year.

The Bill notes that the President should not hold any elective or appointive office with political parties.

The former Baringo County Assembly Speaker also proposes a deletion of Article 132 of the Constitution that seeks to reduce the functions of the President.

“It is proposed that a candidate for election as President has attained the age of 50 years and he or she should not hold any political party post,” the Bill reads in part.

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