Jubilee Plan to Block Raila in 2017

August 17, 2013
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By Oliver Mathenge
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The Jubilee coalition is plotting to block former Prime Minister Raila Odinga from running for the presidency in the next election by proposing a change in the constitution that will bar anyone 70 years or older to be nominated.
This proposal is being made to counter two other proposals that have been suggested by governors– to increase the revenue allocation to county governments to 40 per cent and another proposal by civil society and Cord-affiliated MPs to have the president elected by Parliament and not by popular vote as it is currently stipulated in the constitution.
All these changes to the constitution can only be made through a referendum and cannot simply be made by a two-thirds majority vote by MPs as it used to happen under the previous constitution.
Raila, who lost to President Uhuru Kenyatta in this year’s election, will be 72 years by the time the country holds its next general elections in 2017. Raila has been ambivalent as to whether or not he will be running for the presidency.
However, some of his supporters including leaders of Cord-affiliated parties have indicated they would support his candidacy and want him to contest.
“The plan is to have Jubilee introduce the question limiting the age of president. If there is going to be a referendum, this question must be included. We want to say that nobody over 70 years can run for the presidency,” a top Jubilee official who sought anonymity as he is not authorized by the party to speak on this matter said.
The Jubilee proposal is not the first time that attempts have been made to set a maximum limit for presidential candidates. A similar proposal was contained in the Bomas draft of 2004 which had set the maximum age limit at 70 years but this was scrapped during subsequent debate.
If the proposal had sailed through, then President Kibaki would have been barred for running for a second term in the 2007 elections. The Jubilee proposal could however face challenges as it might be considered to be in violation of the Bill of Rights which in Article 27(4) prohibits the State from discriminating anyone on the basis of various attributes including age.
“Even though that is true, we have age limits of up to the time civil servants can work. They all retire at the age of 60 years. Why not have a limit for the president too?” said another source at the Jubilee Alliance.

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