A rotational presidency Bill seeking to ban communities whose members have ruled in the last 50 years from throwing up presidential candidates until a given number of years is set to be tabled in the National Assembly.
The bill which is still in the drafting stages, aims to introduce slight changes to the standing order to make presidency get to all leading ethnic communities as it also seeks to make Presidents leave office after five years of service, scrapping the two-term limit.
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Nominated MP Zulekha Juma said the new proposed law would help curb the bitterness and war surrounding presidential elections as seen since independence.
The Mp is the sponsor of the 2016 bill seeking amendment of Kenya’s Constitution.
According to the Bill:
“A person is not qualified for nomination as a presidential candidate if the person is of the same ethnic origin as the current president or any of the five immediate preceding presidents.”
If the bill is passed into law, it means the communities which have produced presidents such as President Kenyatta or ex-Presidents Mwai Kibaki communities would be banned from presenting a candidate until after three decades.
It will also give chance to some neglected communities to have a stake in government. Also, the presidential race will no longer be dominated by certain communities, giving everybody a sense of belonging in the government.
Many have said the bill might never be passed into law but some superpowers have vowed to make it come alive through the parliament.
However, on the downside, the bill seems to undermine the constitutional right given to individuals to vote for a candidate they most prefer. It also overlooks the right of interested Kenyan citizens to contest for elective posts.
The bill requires the vote of a little less than half of MPs and senators before it will be placed in a referendum.