Political scientist Mutahi Ngunyi has given his two cents on the new way Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga can replace President Uhuru Kenyatta as the next head of state without the 2022 Presidential elections.
In his hypothesis, Ngunyi laid out a game plan that would involve the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) being passed and the former Prime Minister being declared the first in command while at the same time following the rule of law.
He said that the first step would be to remove all Jubilee Members of Parliament and County Senators who have joined and popularized Deputy President William Ruto affiliated United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party.
He added that the second step would be to impeach DP William Ruto on the grounds that he popularized UDA and going against the Constitution.
“The law requires you to impeach Ruto for gross misconduct and unconstitutional behavior. The law also requires you to throw out all Jubilee MPs for supporting UDA,” he said.
He argued that according to the law, the MPs had resigned their seats by popularizing a different party from the one that gave them a ticket to Parliament.
He maintained that the same numbers that would impeach DP Ruto would be the same numbers that would pass the BBI.
Mutahi noted that after Ruto is impeached, the new DP, who he proposes would be Raila Odinga, would then go on to be vetted and approved by Parliament according to the Constitution.
The third plan in his theory would be for President Uhuru Kenyatta to follow retired Chief Justice David Maraga’s advice and dissolve Parliament.
He reasoned that if Parliament can be dissolved without affecting other seats, then Parliamentary elections could take place in July 2022, which would see the terms of the President, the MCAs, Governors, as well as the new Deputy President, extended who will serve for five years.
Ngunyi said that the last step would be for President Uhuru Kenyatta to resign from his post, and the seat would be taken over by Raila Odinga, who would then pick his deputy from the Mt. Kenya region.
A few days ago, Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) Secretary-General Francis Atwoli caused ripples among Kenyans after he claimed that there would be no general election next year if the BBI is not passed.
However, some leaders came out to dismiss him, telling him that postponing the polls will be impossible.