There will be hiring and firing in the next two years — Murkomen

By Vincent Kejitan | Thursday, Jun 4th 2020 at 13:59
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Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen on Wednesday said the next two years will be eventful as President Uhuru Kenyatta’s term comes to an end.

Through a tweet, Murkomen stated that succession politics will take centre stage and predicted a number of occurrences.

“Relax.The next two years will be about succession politics. It will come In various forms; Fight for legislative control, change constitution, fire&hire CSs and other senior Govt officials, political arrests, intimidation of judges etc then Boom-Time is over.

“Nothing much. PEACE BE STILL!” he wrote.

While opining on Executive Order No. 1 issued by the President. Murkomen said it was being misunderstood.

“What exactly are people debating about the amendment to the EO No.1? The dictionary definition of Presidency (Popularly used in US) is the Office of President.

“Where did people get this other definition that says DP office should be autonomous?” he asked.

The order reads as follows:

“IN EXERCISE of the powers conferred by Article 132 (3) (b) of the Constitution, as read with all other enabling Laws, I, UHURU KENYATTA, President and Commander-in-Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces, order and direct:

“THAT the Government shall be organized as set out in this Order; (ii) THAT this Order contains portfolio responsibilities and changes made in the structure of Government; (iii) THAT this Order assigns functions and institutions among Ministries and State Departments; and (iv) THAT this Order supersedes Executive Order No. 1 of 2018 (Revised) issued in July 2018.”

Elsewhere, the Judiciary has expressed its concerns about the directives contained in the Executive Order and Chief Justice David Maraga in a statement to the newsrooms, says the Constitution only authorises the President to “direct and coordinate the functions of ministries and government departments” and that the Judiciary does not fall in any of the categories as it is an independent arm of the government.

“The Judiciary and the Judicial Service Commission are established under Chapter 10 of the Constitution. The Order cannot restructure or assign functions to the other co-equal and co-substantial arms of government and independent commissions,” he said.

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