Uhuru changes tune, now toying with President Raila possibility

He says it doesn't matter though as Jubilee will use tyranny of numbers to impeach the NASA leader

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President Uhuru Kenyatta when he met a delegation of Ukambani leaders at State House on September 11, 2017. PHOTO: PSCU

Uhuru Kenyatta says Raila Odinga would not have it easy even if he is elected President in the repeat polls, as the National Super Alliance (NASA) head’s reign wouldn’t last for three months.

According to the President, his Jubilee party would use its ‘tyranny of numbers’ in both the National Assembly and the Senate to frustrate Raila and eventually impeach him.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta addresses leaders from Ukambani. /PSCU

“How will Raila lead in this country even if he has to be President? Jubilee has majority everywhere and we can transact business with or without Nasa-allied members in both houses of Parliament,” Uhuru wondered.

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Uhuru who was speaking at a meeting with Kamba leaders in State House, Nairobi on Monday, September 11, ahead of the forthcoming poll, reiterated that his party has strength in Parliament to pass laws as it deems fit.

“Even if he (Raila) is elected, we have an opportunity in two, three months to remove him (from power),” Uhuru said. The Jubilee Party boasts 164 elected and 16 nominated MPs in the National Assembly.

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Add MPs of affiliate parties like Kanu and Maendeleo Chapa Cha among others and the number shoots up to 183 out of 349 MPs in the house.

The same is the case in the Senate as Jubilee enjoys a majority thanks to 24 elected legislators. The number rises sharply if the Senators from affiliate parties are added.

Also, the party has 10 nominated Senators making it overshadow Nasa partner parties in the upper house making it easier to impeach any sitting President or make changes to the constitution.

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“We can do business in the Senate without a single member from Nasa..If they (Nasa MPs) want to stay away from Parliament, I say well done, we will conduct business and pass laws..we have prepared Bills which were done during the last Parliament. We have the Speaker,” Uhuru said.