President Uhuru Kenyatta has maintained that he is not seeking to extend his term through a referendum. Uhuru on Thursday said the Constitution is very clear with regards to presidential term limits.
He said he will also not seek to become Kenya’s third Prime Minister as alleged by some quarters. Uhuru was responding to questions from Katrina Manson during a virtual meeting with the Atlantic Council.
“It is unfortunate that some people have interpreted the scenario of a referendum to change the Constitution, to mean that certain individuals want to change that Constitution to extend the presidential term,” said Uhuru Kenyatta.
Uhuru added, “I can tell you, if there is one thing that Kenyans are very, very clear about, very clear about, is the two-term limit. The two term-limit Kenyans are very clear about and they have been clear about since 1992 when we introduced multipartism. And there’s been no single president that has broken that and I don’t intend to be the first.”
Uhuru said the base outcome of the BBI initiative is to ensure that future generations do not face the same issues the current generation has gone through.
“In our time of multiparty politics, we have had tremendous tensions in every election cycle. My partnership with Hon. Raila (Odinga) was to see if we can get to understand the issues that drive these tensions through the consultative BBI forums,” Uhuru Kenyatta said.
“I have no clue whether there is going to be a premiership in the Constitution. You see, these are the questions that people are now posing. I gave you a very clear synopsis of the areas where people are interested in.
They are interested in the value of their vote, they are interested in the distribution of resources, and they are interested in inclusivity in government,” Uhuru Kenyatta said.
Uhuru said he has not heard of any of these other issues and that is why he cannot comment about what, as far as he is concerned, has not been a principal issue of the whole Building Bridges Initiative.
“ The purpose is not there. All I can say is that the office that exists today, is the Office of the President. The President of the Republic of Kenya. Our constitution is very clear: that a President serves for two terms. Two terms. I am now in my second term. No president has broken that; I don’t intend to do it,” said Uhuru Kenyatta.