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Kenya:Governors intensify calls to scrap off term limits

By Samuel Ouma | @journalist_27

President Kenyatta
President Kenyatta

Governors have thrown their weight behind constitutional amendment to allow them contest for re-election as many terms as possible.

The County bosses have opposed the two five-year terms stipulated by the Constitution. They want to be granted the same opportunity like legislators and Members of County Assembly who are mandated to seek re-election as many times as possible.

They had formed a special committee led by Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana to spearhead the proposal. The committee had drafted a document for a possible plebiscite for the removal of the ten year term restriction.

The chairman of the Council of Governors, Governor Wycliffe Oparanya on Tuesday disclosed to the media that he is yet to receive the proposal but once he does, he intends to convene a meeting for all Governors to deliberate on the issue.

The Constitution of Kenya stipulates in Article 180 (7) that “a person shall not hold office (a) as a county governor for more than two terms; or (b) as a deputy county governor for more than two terms.”

The eleven-member committee is expected to present its proposal to the building bridges team, formed by Raila and President Kenyatta after famous handshake. The Building bridges team’s main objective is to look into the major challenges the country is facing and then recommends the solutions.

The committee is also pushing for an increment of counties’ allocation from 15 per cent to 45 per cent based on the current budget.

“We want to tell Treasury that under my term, it will not be business as usual, especially when it comes to flow of funds to the counties,” Council of Governors Chairman Wyclifee Oparanya said.

The Governors are further seeking reduction of Members of County Assembly power to stop them from impeaching governors on flimsy grounds.

Since the inauguration of 2010 new constitution, Members of County Assembly have been on the receiving end of criticism over misusing two-thirds majority law mandated to them by the constitution. They have been at loggerheads with many county bosses and attempted to remove them from the office without any proper reasons.

 

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