Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei has vowed to escalate his proposal of extending the presidential term limit to Parliament.
Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke, the outspoken lawmaker confirmed that he was scheduled to table a bill in the National Assembly seeking to extend a president’s term limit from five years to seven years.
His determination comes just weeks after the ruling United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party distanced itself from his proposal noting that President William Ruto was determined to deliver his promises within the constitutionally prescribed 10-year terms.
“In this country, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I am entitled to my proposal. I will still push through even at the level of Parliament,” he stated.
UDA Secretary-General Cleophas Malala speaks during a consultative meeting with the Party’s 47 County Coordinators in Nairobi on May 18, 2023.
Cherargei’s resolution coincides with his push seeking an audience with the National Dialogue Committee to defend his controversial proposal.
In a letter, the lawmaker argues that appearing before the committee accords him a chance to set the record straight on the matter he argues is of national interest.
“It was my wish to appear before the committee to clarify issues of National importance and interest and more so on the issue of extension of Presidential term limit among other issues,” read the letter signed by Cherargei in part.
The other issues he raised are the institutionalisation of the office of the opposition Leader, re-introduction of the office of the Prime Minister, constitutional backing for the (CDF) and Ward Development Fund as well as veto powers of the Senate.
“I hereby wish to express my dissatisfaction on the committee on my memoranda considering that the matters I raised elicited serious concerns among members of the public,” continued the letter.
Towards the end of September, UDA Secretary General Cleophas Malala noted that the senator’s views were not reflective of that of the Head of State.
Malala explained that the party was focused on on delivering on its promises mindful that it shall in due course submit its scorecard for the people to evaluate.
“The UDA Party respects and upholds the Senator’s personal views but particularly on the referenced subject, those views do not reflect the perspectives of the UDA Party and/or its Party Leader, H.E. the President, William Ruto,” read the letter.
“Respectfully, therefore, the term limit debate is superfluous and peripheral.”
Nandi County Senator, Samson Cherargei before the Senate on Wednesday, May 4, 2023
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