Zuleikha Juma; Kikuyus And Kalenjins To Be Barred From Presidency For 30 Years

Nominated MP Zuleikha Juma
Nominated MP Zuleikha Juma PHOTO/COURTESY

Kikuyu and Kalenjin communities may not be able to content for presidency for the next 30 years is the draft bill forwarded by nominated ODM MP Zuleikha Juma is passed by parliament.

Zuleikha has proposed extensive changes to the constitution that could potentially lock out communities that have already served in the top office for up to 30 years.

A section of the bill read,

“The principle objective of this Bill is to amend Articles 137 and 142 of the [constitution]to provide rotational presidency to allow ethnic communities equal accessibility of top leadership and for regional balance,”

Zuleikha told the press that a Kikuyu can be a deputy president for all those years.

“A Kikuyu can be deputy president for all those years. It doesn’t matter,”

In case the bill is passed, the current president, H.E Uhuru Kenyatta, will not be allowed to vie for the second term but he can be a vice to the Deputy President William Ruto.

According to Zuleikha Juma, Kenya has been grappling with ethnicity and political marginalisation, that has continued to worsen after every general election.

However, for the bill to take effect, it must go through a referendum since In this era of jubilee government, that bill is likely not to pass.