United Democratic Alliance (UDA) has dispelled reports that it was planning to remove the two-term presidential term limit.
In a statement on Tuesday, November 8, UDA distanced itself from the claims made by Fafi Member of Parliament Salah Yakub.
The party maintained that it was keen to help President William Ruto deliver his campaign pledges.
"Remarks by Fafi MP Salah Yakub that there are plans to extend term limits for the President are a product of a fertile imagination by the legislator. UDA distances itself from the utterances by the MP."
"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," UDA stated.
Yakub had allegedly indicated that UDA was planning to table a constitutional amendment Bill to replace the two-term limit with an age limit of 75 years.
The amendments would allow President William Ruto to rule for 20 years since he is 55 years old.
A report published by Nation Africa, indicated that the plan to change the presidential term limit was hatched at a private closed-door meeting.
He, however, did not reveal the sponsors of the constitutional amendment bill.
Following the revelation, UDA lawmakers came out to reprimand the MP. Led by Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale, they argued that the party believed in the rule of law.
"However, he must be reminded that UDA believes in the doctrine of Basic Structure and Essential Clauses in our Constitution. He is wrong and grossly out of order," Khalwale stated.
Digital strategist and President William Ruto’s ally, Dennis Itumbi, also argued that President Ruto did not approve the said changes.
"This move does not enjoy the signature or the nod of President William Ruto - I oppose!” he stated.
"Please take note of this, as the National Party, Chairman I wish to categorically state that Hon. Yakub's 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 no ongoing discussions to scrap it." UDA chairperson Johnson Muthama added.
A section of Azimio la Umoja legislators also called out the ruling party, arguing that their move was against the law. Led by Suna East MP, Junet Mohamed, they vowed to reject the constitutional amendment bill.