Fred Ogolla of Siaya County petitioned Parliament to change the Constitution.
On Thursday, November 24, Ogolla pressed for the establishment of a new position that of the official head of the opposition and super senator.
He also asked the legislature to change the provisions of Article 137, which lays out who is eligible to vote for president and who is not.
Legislators were encouraged to make it such that a deputy president who has served two terms cannot run for president, and that governors cannot run for senate once their terms end.
The petition, however, was argued to be without validity by lawyer Wahome Gikonyo.
“Some of these constitutional amendment proposals lack validity. A governor who has served two terms is constitutionally entitled to run for another position, thus you cannot prevent him from doing so.” Wahome Gikonyo said.
Ogolla’s petition followed a similar one submitted before the National Assembly on November 23 by a different individual who also sought to establish the positions of Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, and Official Leader of the Opposition in the country.
In his petition, Victor Okul argues that the present “winner gets it all” system is unjust and calls for a change to the Constitution to establish the posts.