Ford Kenya has proposed transfer of vetting role and passage of bills from the National Assembly to the Senate
Ford Kenya has proposed transfer of vetting role and passage of bills from the National Assembly to the Senate in what is likely to rekindle a supremacy battle between the two Houses.
Party leader and Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula said the Senate should be made the Upper House with veto powers over the National Assembly if the constitution is amended.
In his submission to the Building Bridges Initiative yesterday, the party also proposed creation of positions of prime minister and two deputies and nomination of the first presidential runners-up as substantive Member of the National Assembly.
“Entrench the Senate as the Upper House in the Kenyan Parliament. The Senate should be given the role of vetting all other State officers that require parliamentary approval. All bills passed through the national assembly should go through the senate,” he said.
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Vetting role is currently done by the National Assembly. Also, the Senate has no role in money bills which are legislated by the National Assembly and submitted to the president for assent.
The party also wants the country to switch to a hybrid system of government where the national executive will be composed of a president and a deputy president elected by the people.