Kenya could hold a referendum in late 2020 and go to the next general election with a new system of government headed by an executive Prime Minister,The Star Newspaper has established.
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This,among other raft of proposals, are meant to end the winner-take-all system blamed for perennial political impasse.
According to The Star,reintroduction of the PM position is among the confidential details of the implementation plan of the pact President Uhuru Kenyatta made with Opposition leader Raila Odinga on March 9th.
The two-man team of lawyer Paul Mwangi and Martin Kimani tasked with implementation of the handshake agreement is said to have received names of 14 more committee members to spearhead the unity pact.
Sources close to The Star also confided that co-NASA principals Kalonzo Musyoka and Musalia Mudavadi will each nominate a representative to the committee.
Uhuru’s nominees to the committee are also expected to steer the process of national dialogue with the guidance of an elaborate legal framework.
In their joint press address,the President and former Premier committed to a path of continuous reforms that will enhance inclusivity and bring an end the cycle of divisive politics.
The reforms could see Kenya move from the current Presidential system to either a parliamentary or hybrid system.
A parliamentary system was among the proposals of the Bomas Draft which failed to pass in the 2005 referendum. It paved the way for the current Constitution, passed in the 2010 referendum, which is largely presidential.
The task force working on the unity pact has prepared two proposals,namely;
Whichever system is eventually adopted, there will be two Deputy Presidents and two Deputy Prime Ministers, slightly similar to the Grand Coalition government.
Speakers of both the Senate and National Assembly will be elected from regions not represented in the Executive options above.
The proposals appear to have rubbed Deputy President William Ruto the wrong way and has since been openly castigating any calls for a referendum to restructure the government.
DP Ruto’s allies are also said to be opposed to any proposals undermining his 2022 presidential bid, amid murmurs that the changes may be targeting him.
The proposals have spurred simmering divisions within the ruling Jubilee party, with known supporters of Uhuru set to benefit from DP Ruto’s 2022 bid becoming increasingly vocal against the referendum.
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