Ex-Senator in Push for Uhuru Kenyatta's Term Extension

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta addressing the annual presidential briefing to the diplomatic corps at State House on March 4, 2021
    President Uhuru Kenyatta addressing the annual presidential briefing to the diplomatic corps at State House on March 4, 2021
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  • Former nominated Senator Paul Njoroge has petitioned the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to change the 2022 election date.

    In his petition seen by Kenyans.co.ke and dated August 2, Njoroge argues that the August 9, 2022 General Election should be moved to August 2023 to allow President Uhuru Kenyatta to serve his full term.

    The former legislator further argues that if elections were to be conducted on August 9, 2022 President Kenyatta would be denied over four months of his presidential term.

    Former nominated Senator Paul Njoroge
    Former nominated Senator Paul Njoroge
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    Njoroge adds that the constitutional rights of the electorate would also be infringed on by the IEBC if they conduct the election as scheduled.

    "It is imperative to note that the President is also the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces whose contract goes for a term of 5 years," states Njoroge in his petition.

    "I believe that under the proper interpretation of the law the correct date for the next election shall be in August 2023 and not August 9, 2022," he added.

    The letter addressed to the IEBC and the Attorney General states that the two offices were put on notice and urged to withdraw from informing the public that the election would be held on August 9, 2022.

    "Within the next 30 days from the date herein, I shall be constrained to move to court and seek the court's intervention and interpretation of the above constitutional provisions with regard to the upcoming General Election," he states.

    The former Senator’s petition is pegged on the August 31, 2017 Supreme Court ruling that nullified the presidential election leading to a repeat poll on October 26 of the same year. 

    A section of the commentators allied to the President have continuously argued that the election should be postponed to allow the Head of State to complete his term and pending projects.

    IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati and President Uhuru Kenyatta at the IEBC National Tallying Centre at the Bomas of Kenya, Nairobi, August 11, 2017, when Uhuru was announced winner of the presidential election.jpg
    IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati and President Uhuru Kenyatta at the IEBC National Tallying Centre at the Bomas of Kenya, Nairobi, August 11, 2017, when Uhuru was declared winner of the presidential election.jpg
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