On Tuesday, November 8, Fafi MP Salah Yakub alleged that the UDA party was planning to table a constitutional amendment Bill to remove the presidential term limit.
According to the Constitution of Kenya, the president was eligible to rule for two terms each with five years.
Yakub in his proposal claimed the cap should be on age and not period service.
However, Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale dismissed MP Yakub’s sentiments saying he was out of order.
Khalwale, in a statement, dated Tuesday, November 8, said the United Democratic Alliance party believes in the doctrine of basic structure and essential classes anchored in our constitution and that it was wrong for the new legislator to make such remarks.
“Salah Yakub, the new MP for Fafi Constituency. I don’t know him yet. Granted, he enjoys the freedom of speech. However, he must be reminded that UDA believes in the doctrine of Basic Structure and Essential Clauses in our Constitution. He is wrong and grossly out of order,” Khalwale said in a Tweet.
Further, President William Ruto’s UDA party distanced itself from the claims made by Fafi MP.
While distancing from the remarks, the party through its chairperson Johnston Muthama termed Yakub’s comments as a “product of fertile imagination.”
“Remarks by Fafi MP Salah Yakub that there are plans to extend term limits for the President are a product of a fertile imagination by the legislator. UDA distances itself from the utterances by the MP,” the party said.
Muthama said the UDA party was currently helping President William Ruto to deliver his campaign pledges made in the build-up to the August 9, General Election.
“The Party has not been part of discussions in regard to term limits. The Party is busy implementing the Plan and will not be part of sideshows,” UDA stated.