UDA dissociates itself from Cherargei’s proposal regarding the term of the Presidency.

The United Democratic Alliance (UDA) has distanced itself from Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei’s proposal to increase the presidential term limit from 5 to 7 years.

In a statement signed by UDA Secretary General Cleophas Malala on September 25, the ruling party noted that the senator’s views do not reflect those of the Head of State.

“The UDA Party respects and upholds the personal views of the Senator but particularly on the subject referred to, those views do not reflect the perspectives of the UDA Party and/or its Party Leader, H.E. President, William Ruto,” read the statement in part.

“The President swore to respect, uphold and defend the Constitution which is abundantly and has a term limit for the President.”

Malala further noted that the party focused on implementing its promises while remembering that it will present its result card for the public to evaluate.

“With respect, therefore, the discussion of the time limit is redundant and peripheral,” the statement added.

In his proposal, Cherargei wants the five-year limit set for Presidents to be extended to seven years in the contract he submitted to the National Negotiating Committee.

The senator is the third senior UDA politician to propose increasing the term limit of the President as set out in the 2010 Constitution of Kenya.

Fafi Member of Parliament (MP) Salah Yakub last year suggested removing the 10-year limit and instead said the age limit for running for the presidency is 75 years.

Senator-elect Karen Nyamu has also openly supported the removal of term limits, although President William Ruto has publicly rejected the push.

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