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Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei has endorsed Fafi MP Salah Yakub’s proposal to remove the two-term presidential limit and replace it with an age limit of 75 years.
Cherargei, a close ally of President Ruto, said he will support a constitutional amendment bill seeking to scrap the two-term presidential limit if it comes to the Senate.
"UDA is an epitome of democracy & rule of law. Hon. Salah Yakub is within his right to push this amendment let's listen first, I shall support in the Senate," Cherargei said. "This is a conversation that might happen in the future by Kenyans on scrapping off term limit of a President,” he added.
Yakub came under fire on Tuesday after claiming that he and a section of other UDA party MPs are working on an amendment bill to scrap the two-term presidential limit, arguing that it denies performing leaders an opportunity to further develop the country.
“The terms of the presidency should not be limited to two terms, three terms, or even four. If the president is doing a good job he should extend his term," he said.
The UDA MP said the country cannot afford to repeat the same mistake it did in the past when it allowed former President Mwai Kibaki to leave office yet he was a progressive leader.
"He left office without accomplishing all his programs because of the Constitution which allowed him to serve for only two terms," he said.
The UDA party, which is headed by President Ruto, distanced itself from the proposal by MP Yakub, terming it “a product of a fertile imagination by the legislator.”
“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 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 said.
Using your logics, Kibaki wouldn't have finished his first term in office. Stop side shows and get back to work.
UDA brigade pretending to be against this idea but back in their minds that's an ultimate plan. They are looking at Uganda and Rwanda where they have forever president. Kenyans should be prepared for this conmanship. Ruto can't deny not part of this idea. It only requires one seedlings to start a forest.
Penye moshi Pana moto.
Those advocating for scrapping of term limits are talking about themselves. They are the ones who want to be there when Kenya reverts to dictatorship. They cried foul when there were whispers of extending Uhuru’s term. What has changed? The present regime has been in office for barely two months. What have they done to show to Kenyans? Stop referring to Kibaki. Kibaki was a respectable man. Tell us about Moi who ruled Kenya for 24 years and led the country to the gallows. Start working and stop nonsense.
Oh here we go again with anti democracy voices whispering. Democracy is a fragile thing; if the citizenry isn't always vigilant, poof it goes
Ruto is using Senator Samson Cherargei to conduct a test run on the Kenyan people to gauge how such a proposal would be received. Folks, remember Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini were both democratically elected.
Kenyans are not as stupid as this asshole of man thinks . I think Gachagua will also not agree . I knew we have dug our graves when we decided on 8th august . bravo voters ! we are back to square ONE
Wacha wajaribu, ndo watajua Kenya si ya wakenjin peke yake!! He will instead be made a ONE TERM PRESIDENT!!!!
Ile kitu Ruto na Gachagua atafanyia wakenya ni nzito kuliko radi! Nani alipigia hizi nguruwe kura. 20,000,000 (TWENTY MILLION) Kenyans applied for the last concluded green card. Kama walipigia hizi shetani kura wacha wakae huko! Let them face the consequences of their actions. Kwani you just realized Ruto is a dictator?
Nyayoism is still messing up the country. Scrap term limits at your own peril, wananchi. You'll end up like Russians.