Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei has defended the controversial plan by Fafi MP Salah Yakub to extend the presidential term limit.
While defending the plan, Cherargei, a close ally of President William Ruto said it was wrong for a section of leaders to express their anger toward the legislator adding that Yakub was within his rights to push for Constitutional amendments.
In a statement on Wednesday, November 9, the UDA legislator said he shall support the amendments if brought to the house.
“UDA is an epitome of democracy and rule of law. Salah Yakub is within his right to push these amendments. Let’s listen first, I shall support in the Senate,” he said in a Tweet.
While President William Ruto’s party distanced itself from the scheme, Cherargei said it was too early to dismiss such claims adding that the plan might happen in the near future.
“This is a conversation that might happen in the future by Kenyans on scrapping of term limit of a President,” Cherargei added.
His endorsements come just a day after former Kiambu governor Ferdinand Waititu said introducing a two-term limit for a sitting president was wrong.
Waititu said late President Mwai Kibaki would have developed the country to the same level as Singapore and Thailand if there were no presidential term limits.
“Some people are condemning Fafi MP for an honest opinion. Imagine if there was NO term limit during Kibaki’s regime, Kenya could be like Singapore or Thailand. We could not have met the barbaric Uhuru regime,” Waititu said.
Yakub had earlier revealed that there was a scheme by a section of UDA legislators to replace the two-term presidential limit with an age limit.
“We want to tell Kenyans that the limit on two terms should be relooked. We want it to be changed to an age limit where when one gets to 75 years, then he/she cannot contest for the presidency.
“We will come up with an amendment to try to change this because we want the requirement to be on age limit and not terms,” he said.