Kenya President William Ruto has vowed to oppose any attempts to change the country’s constitution and change term limits.
According to Ruto, anything intended to achieve individual interests is “unnecessary, uncalled for and is a futility because it will not happen under my watch.”
“Just we opposed BBI [Building Bridges Initiative] because it was meant to achieve selfish, parochial interests, I will be at the front to oppose any move to change the constitution,” he said.
This comes after a Kenyan lawmaker recently revealed plans to seek the scrapping of the country’s presidential term limit, noting that the cap should be on age, not period of service.
Fafi county MP Salah Yakub said some United Democratic Alliance (UDA) lawmakers were working on a constitutional amendment Bill to replace the two-term limit with an age limit of 75 years.
“We will come up with an amendment Bill to try to change this because we want the requirement to be on age limit and not terms. If a president is doing a good job, then he or she should not be limited by the terms,” he added.
That would give Ruto, the sitting president, the leeway to seek re-election for four terms, or 20 years. Dr Ruto is aged 55 and has not indicated any intention to contest beyond the current term limit.
The two-term limit came into effect ahead of the 1992 elections following the repeal of section 2A of the old constitution. The 2010 Constitution maintained the presidential term limit.
According to Article 142 of the Constitution, the President shall hold office for a term beginning on the date on which the President is sworn in, and ending when the person next elected President is sworn in. The article goes ahead to state that a person shall not hold office as president for more than two terms.