‘Not interested!’ Ruto rubbishes alleged plot to extend presidential term limit
President William Ruto has come out to dismiss an alleged plan to remove the two-term presidential limit.
This comes following recent claims by Fafi MP Salah Yakub who said that there was a plan to scrap the 10-year term and cap the age limit for running for the presidential seat at 75.
President Ruto, however, on Wednesday, asked Members of Parliament to prioritise projects that have a direct impact on the lives of Kenyans.
Speaking while addressing a Kenya Kwanza Parliamentary Group meeting at State House, Nairobi, the Head of State told the legislators to carry out their Parliamentary assignments with seriousness.
“You were elected to serve the people; their issues must come first. As President, I won’t participate in efforts aimed at mutilating the Constitution for parochial, selfish and personal interests,” he stated.
The President further told the MPs to pass regulations that will facilitate the implementation of the Hustler Fund.
MP Yakub had previously said that a presidential term should not be limited to only two terms, arguing that it denies performing leaders an opportunity to further develop the nation.
"I, together with some of my fellow MPs, are planning to push a Bill in Parliament that contests the two terms of serving as president," he said during a relied food distribution drive in Garissa County previously.
The UDA party however distanced itself from Yakub’s remarks, dismissing them as "a product of the legislator's fertile imagination."
UDA Executive Director Odanga Pessa eary Wednesday said President Ruto does not support any amendment seeking to repeal the presidential term limit, and that he will hang up his boots after a second term should he clinch the top seat again in the next polls.
“I know that President Ruto wants to finish his first term, vie for another term, and then go home. We do not want to introduce dictatorship and anything else is just propaganda,” Pessa said during an interview with Radio Citizen.
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