A few days ago, Fafi MP Salah Yakub revealed that a section of UDA party legislators was planning to repeal presidential term limits.
Yakub said they were looking into a constitutional amendment bill to replace the two-term limit with that of an individual age 75 years.
“We want to tell Kenyans that the limit on two terms should be relooked,” the MP said at a political rally in Garissa, Northern Kenya.
However, the Head of State has warned lawmakers against attempts to remove two-term presidential limits outlined in the Kenyan Constitution 2010.
Ruto who was speaking during a UDA Parliamentary Group meeting at State House, on Wednesday, November 16, told lawmakers not to waste time pushing for selfish legislation.
The First in Command urged the MPs to instead prioritize bills that will better the lives of Kenyans adding that he was focused on serving Kenyans.
“Do not spend your time pushing for selfish and self-serving legislation like changing the Constitution to remove term limits… my focus is service to the people,” the president said.
Kenya’s constitution 2010 sets a two-term presidential limit.
Yakub in his proposal said opined that it was wrong for a stellar president to exit citing the case of late President Mwai Kibaki.
“I think we made a mistake to allow him (Mwai Kibaki) to go home after he completed his term. We limited his dream when the Constitution removed him yet he served marvelously in the two terms,” Yakub said.
If, however, the idea was ever realized, it would mean that Ruto, who is 55 years old, could potentially seek re-election for three additional terms.
His main political adversary, Raila Odinga,77, of the Orange Democratic Movement party, would effectively be prevented from ever running for president again.