Jubilee legislature roots for position of premier

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BY JOHN WERU,NAIROBI,27TH FEB 2018-Jubilee members of parliament are now rooting for re-introduction of a post of  the prime minister.Tiaty MP Kassait Kamket has drafted a constitutional amendment Bill seeking to establish a single seven-year ceremonial presidency and introduction of an Executive Prime Minister’s post.The legislature also  seeks to have the position of the Deputy President scrapped.

In the Bill, Kamket wants the PM to be the Leader of Government Business in the House. He says the proposed post is to be filled by an elected MP.

The legislator also wants the creation of the position of Leader of the Opposition who will also be required to name members of a shadow Cabinet.

The MP will on Wednesday appear before the Budget and Appropriations Committee to look into the implication of the proposal.

Kamket further  proposes  a reduction of  the functions of the President.

“It is proposed that a candidate for election as President has attained the age of 50 years and he or she should not hold any political party post.”

The Bill proposes that Cabinet Secretaries should also originate from Parliament.

The constitutional amendment bill further proposes County Assemblies to elect two Senators each of the opposite gender.

Grand coalition government

The country has had a similar leadership structure  such as the one which existed after the 2007 elections where former president Mwai Kibaki and ODM’s Raila Odinga shared the top leadership positions with Odinga Being the premier and Kibaki the president.

 

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