DP Ruto calls for return of official opposition leader

Written By: Christine Muchira/Irene Muchuma


Deputy President William Ruto has proposed for the creation and recognition of the official opposition in Parliament.

He said the current formulation undermines executive accountability and saddled “our democracy with  a headless, incoherent and dysfunctional opposition.”

In his address at Chatham House in London, Ruto said it was regrettable that the person who emerges second in a presidential election doesn’t get recognition going by the current constitution.

The Deputy President who is on an official tour the United Kingdom said the amendments are necessary if the executive must be held accountable.

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Ruto recommended the creation and recognition of the official opposition in Parliament.

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“It is not proper that the leader of a party garnering the second highest votes has no formal constitutional role. The leader of the party which comes second should become the leader of the Opposition.” Said DP Ruto.

To realize this, DP Ruto proposes that  leader of the party which comes second in a general election should be the official opposition leader with his running mate, automatically becoming Members of Parliament.

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This move according to Ruto will help address the current formulation which in his opinion undermines executive accountability.

Ruto further wants Senate to be elevated into an Upper House with Cabinet Secretaries becoming ex-officio Members of Parliament where they can attend a session every week to respond to issues raised with an aim to connect the legislature and the executive in boosting service delivery.

The opposition currently plays the role of minority in parliament, a position occupied by a lawmaker fronted by the opposition.

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The DP at the same time noted that the contest for leadership in Kenya should be about ideas, a tangible track record and ability to transform.

Adding that the re calibration of government has enhanced efficiency, effectiveness, competent governance and increased legislative output emphasizing the importance of public participation.
“Public participation, especially on matters of national interest, policy making and governance is of paramount importance, noted DP Ruto.



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