DP William Ruto Supports One 7-Year Presidential Term

  • Deputy President William Ruto The Standard
  • Deputy President William Ruto has revealed that he would like to serve for only seven years if he’s elected president in 2022.

    His remarks took many by surprise since he has been vocal against plans to amend the Constitution so that the head of state serves a non-renewable seven-year term.

    In March 2018, he accused those who were behind the move of being blinded by selfish interests instead of focusing their energies on service delivery.

    Deputy President William Ruto during his swearing-in

    "It’s not time for us to go round talking about changing the Constitution to create some positions and attain our selfish interests at the expense of service delivery,” he stated. 

    However, it seems Ruto has now warmed up to the idea given his latest sentiments.

    If the new arrangement comes to pass, it means that the deputy president will leave office in 2029 and not in 2032 as was the plan.

    The initial plan was for Ruto to serve two five-year terms after President Uhuru Kenyatta leaves office.

    Ruto’s new strategy has been credited to a new advisory team who are crafting his moves as 2022 draws closer.

    As part of the new plan, the deputy president will hold fewer harambees, support the Big 4 agenda and have a less aggressive approach.

    The new members of his new kitchen cabinet are; ODM Deputy Leader Wycliffe Oparanya, Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana, former Tinderet MP Henry Kosgey, and former Bomet Governor Isaac Rutto.

    DP William Ruto shakes hands with Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya