Tuesday, September 26, 2023 –Outspoken Nandi County Senator Samson Cherargei has asked his detractors to respect his opinion.
Speaking from the Parliament building in Nairobi today Tuesday September 26, the second term senator argued that the Constitution of Kenya allows democracy to thrive and, therefore, rubbished those who think his opinion do not count.
“Respect my opinion, I hope those taking our opinions at the Bomas will not be coerced in any way to frustrate meaningful submission from some of us.
“The team should be strict and take the meat and substance in all the proposals made to them,” he said in a video clip doing rounds.
Cherargei called out a section of leaders who, two days ago, took issue with his remarks on increasing presidential term limit from five years to seven years, renewable.
In his submission to the National Dialogue Committee at the Bomas of Kenya, the senator among other proposals, said the current five years per term are never enough for nay new administration to make the required changes.
He would also show up on Citizen Tv where he clarified that the first year after election is filled up with law suits, office changes, renovations, appointments and other activities that cannot allow any president to make any meaningful economic impact.
The controversial leader claimed Kenya ‘has always lost’ a year after every election cycle, factors he said are contributed to by court petitions, the transition from the old to the new regime, and the settling down of the new administration.
“It is therefore justifiable to increase the presidential term limit to 7 years per term totaling 14 years,” he argued.
But he also seized the opportunity to acknowledge that the proposals he had tabled might lead the country into a referendum from where Kenyans will have a final say on what is good or what is bad.
The UDA Party elected MP further urged the country to display tolerance as the Kalonzo-led Bomas team continues with their moral task of collecting views from various stakeholders across the board.
Among fellow UDA Party leaders who had heavily criticized him over the ‘term limit’ remark include his Kakamega counterpart Boni Khalwale and UDA Party Secretary General Cleophas Malala.
The two, separately, had released tough counter-statements over the same saying the views from Cherargei were his own and not a true reflection of their party or party position.