The United Democratic Alliance (UDA) led by its chairman Johnson Muthama has dismissed the controversial proposal by Fafi MP Salah Yakub to abolish the presidential two-term limit.
MP Salah, speaking during a relied food distribution drive in Garissa County over the weekend, said there were plans to introduce a Bill in parliament with a view to scrapping the presidential term limit.
He proposed that the age limit for contesting for the presidency be set at 75.
“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. We do not want to repeat the same mistakes we did during Mwai Kibaki’s time. He left office without accomplishing all his programmes because of the Constitution which allowed him to serve for only two terms,” he said.
Following widespread condemnation of the proposal, the President Ruto-led UDA party was quick to dismiss the MP’s plan.
Muthama said the proposal was personal to MP Salah and does not reflect the party’s ambition.
“Please take note, as the National Party Chairman, I wish to categorically state that Yakub made a personal statement that has nothing to do with UDA. As a party, we stand for open democracy and we remain supportive of the two-term presidential limit and there are no ongoing discussions to scrap it,” said Muthama.
The former Machakos Senator said he had received many calls from Kenyans concerned by the MP’s proposal.
UDA party also termed the MP’s proposal as “fertile imagination”.
The Party has not been part of discussions in regard to term limits. The Party is busy implementing the The Plan and will not be part of sideshows.
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