Impeaching President Raila is harder than Jubilee thinks

NASA pokes holes in Uhuru's remarks that impeaching a President would be a walk in the park

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ODM leader Raila Odinga. PHOTO: MEDIAMAX

A principal in the National Super Alliance says it is almost impossible to impeach Raila Odinga should he be elected President as intimated by Jubilee Party.

Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula has responded to threats by President Uhuru Kenyatta that Raila would not last for three months as President because Jubilee has no enough numbers to send the Nasa candidate packing.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta addresses Jubilee politicians at State House on Saturday, September 2, 2017. PHOTO: PSCU

Uhuru and Raila are gearing up for a rematch, one pundits think will be the most grueling presidential poll in the country’s democratic history, after the Supreme Court nullified Uhuru’s August 8 win.

Jubilee already boasts majority numbers in both the National Assembly and the Senate following a landslide win in the last month General Election.

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The ruling party is riding on its numbers claiming Raila would easily be impeached, that it would take less than three months to unseat him would he win next month.

Wetangula said on Monday, September 11 that Jubilee doesn’t have the numbers to impeach a President.

“Jubilee cannot effectively impeach the President until they garner two thirds of both houses. The process of impeachment starts from the National Assembly and then goes to the Senate where a committee is formed to investigate the charges against the President,” he noted.

Wetangula cannot also understand on what grounds the process to impeach Raila Odinga would be.

Jubilee has 164 elected Members of Parliament and 16 nominated and the number rises sharply to 183 if those from affiliate parties like Kanu and Maendeleo Chap Chap among others, are included.

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The party would require 233 members out of the 349 MPs in the house for an impeachment motion to sail through, raising questions whether Uhuru can indeed actualise his threats.

In the Upper house, Jubilee has 24 Senators, a number that goes up when two more Senators from affiliate parties are added. Then there’s its 10 nominated Senators.

Article 145 of the Kenyan Constitution says a member of the National Assembly, supported by at least a third of all the members, may move a motion for the impeachment of the President but such a motion must be supported by at least two-thirds of all the members of the National Assembly for it to be effective.

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The motion is then taken to the Senate within seven days and the Speaker of the House shall convene a meeting of the members to hear charges against the President.

The Senate may then appoint a special committee comprising eleven of its members to investigate the matter but the Head of State is given a chance to defend himself.

If at least two-thirds of all the members of the Senate vote to uphold any impeachment charge, the President is relieved of their power and leaves office.