Central organization of Trade Unions (COTU) secretary general Francis Atwoli has lauded plans to amend the constitution in a bid to change the country’s executive leadership.
While speaking during the Labour day celebrations on Tuesday May 1st, the COTU boss argued that president Kenyatta is too young to leave politics when his second and final term ends in 2022.
He noted that the constitution needs revisiting to allow president Uhuru in government after the 2022 elections. By this time the president will be 59 years old.
“Let us amend this constitution and adopt the Bomas draft to fight exclusion, realising that not all of us can be president. This will allow us to accommodate President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is very young. Otherwise where are we going to take him?” asked Atwoli.
If we don’t amend this constitution to accommodate all Kenyans, where will president Uhuru go after 2022, yet he is very young man? Ataenda kusumbua watu wengine (he will end up making others uncomfortable),” noted Atwoli.
But a number of leaders have opposed Atwoli’s suggestion. Nyandarua Governor Francis Kimemia said the constitution should not be expanded to suit an individual.
“I don’t think they consulted Uhuru on whether he would be interested to continue serving in a different capacity after his tenure expires,” he said.
The county chief executive noted that leaving state house should not be misunderstood that Uhuru will be idle. He advised Uhuru to explore a global or continental role or position once he vacates his position.
At no time will he ever be irrelevant,” he added.
National Assembly speaker Justin Mututri while arriving from a trip to the United States said “Constitutions are never made for an individual or community. If we go that way, we shall lose. Even if there is an amendment to the constitution, let it be to strengthen governance institutions and for posterity. It is his opinion (Atwoli), but matters to do with law and the constitution should be about institutions,”
On his part National Assembly majority leader argued, “President Kenyatta has made it clear that he is happy to retire. If Atwoli is looking for jobs for some people, he should state so and stop using the president’s name,” Duale said.