Kenyan senator proposes constitutional amendment to extend gubernatorial and presidential terms to ten years

By Mercy Simiyu, 17 August 2023
 Flag of Kenya (photo credit: pixabay)
Flag of Kenya (photo credit: pixabay)
Laikipia Senator John Kinyua has proposed [an] amendment to the current gubernatorial and presidential term limits in Kenya. Kinyua’s proposition involves extending the term for governors from the existing five years to a decade, allowing leaders more time to enact lasting change and leave a substantial impact on their constituents. The senator’s proposal aims to align the constitutional order with what he believes was the initial intent – to provide governors with ample time to execute comprehensive development plans. The constitution, as it stands, mandates a five-year term for governors, a duration that Senator Kinyua argues may not be sufficient for leaders to fully realize and implement their agendas. While speaking to the journalists, Kinyua points out that in many instances, the first few years of a governor’s term are often spent navigating administrative processes, building their teams, and understanding the intricate workings of their respective counties. [...] While acknowledging that a five-year term has its merits in terms of maintaining political accountability and promoting democratic transitions, Senator Kinyua contends that a longer tenure could foster better continuity and allow for more substantial and sustainable projects to be initiated and completed. He proposes an examination at the halfway mark of a governor’s term, which would assess their performance and direction.
Read the full article here: Nairobi News


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