Garissa Township Member of Parliament Aden Duale has on Monday 7 June 2021 called the alleged plan of President Uhuru Kenyatta to delay the 2022 polls a bluff after some of Tanga Tanga Movement politicians claimed that the first in command was planning to overstay in power.
The former Majority Leader took to his Twitter page the alleged plan is just a bluff and Kenyans need to ignore the rumors.
He added that the rumors of the said election postponement are not possible and reasonable because there are clear provisions of the Constitution.
“Now it’s just a bluff that one can ignore this date and peddle rumors or even insinuate that we postpone elections. It’s not possible, not feasible, and not tenable with these clear provisions of the Constitution,” he said.
According to the Constitution Articles 101(1), 136, 177, and 180 states that the date of the election for Members of Parliament, the President, Members of County Assemblies, and the Governors is set on second Tuesday, August – every fifth year.
He explained that the politician will need to overhaul and negate several provisions of the Constitution to change the date of the general elections.
He added that should one wish to even argue that they can extend the term of Parliament; the move can only be in case Kenya is at war as envisaged under Article 102(2) further adding that the country is currently not at war.
5. To this end, call it a bluff any debate you hear that we can postpone elections or otherwise extend the term of Parliament.
It is just a bluff and kwa lugha ya mtaani you can call it 'vioja mahakamani au sarakasi to!'
Jameni tuache sarakasi.
Hon. Aden Duale, EGH, MP
— Hon. Aden Duale, EGH, MP (@HonAdenDuale) June 7, 2021
Last month, political analyst and University of Nairobi lecturer Herman Manyora explained why President Uhuru Kenyatta needed to postpone the 2022 general elections.
Manyora argued that the country was not in a position to hold a major election unless drastic changes are made before the due date.
The fiery analyst argued that the country was ridden by two major challenges including the third wave of the Covid-19 virus and the constantly deteriorating economy.
He said that the country is doing so badly in the matters of the economy and one cannot have an army made of educated young men without jobs.
He added that those who have jobs are earning monies that cannot even put food on the table.
Later Gatundu South Member of Parliament Moses Kuria warned the first in command and his allies not to dare suspend the polls.
The MP told the president not to fall for the bait, adding that it will be noble for him to finish his term as stipulated by the constitution and vacate the office whether COVID-19 will still be ravaging the country or not.