Kenyan lawmaker Aden Duale has criticized a section of leaders calling for the extension of the Parliament.
The current Parliament term expires next year in August, and any attempt to extend its tenure will be unconstitutional, said Duale.
The Garissa Town legislator noted there is no sufficient ground to warrant a move by his colleagues to overstay the current house.
He reminded his colleagues of article 102 of the Kenyan Constitution, which states the Parliament’s term can only be extended in case of war.
“When Kenya is at war, Parliament may, by resolution supported in each House by at least two-thirds of all the members of the House, from time to time extend the term of Parliament by not more than six months at a time.”
“We are not at war. We are a peace loving country and we thank Allah for the peace. For those arguing that we can extend Parliament, those plans are as dead…” said Duale.
The former National Assembly Majority Leader argued that the Covid-19 should not be used as a scapegoat since the entire world is affected by the pandemic.
“For those who would want to give war a strange definition other than its ordinary meaning please note the Constitution is always speaking,” he added.
He continued, “Please also note the Constitution did not provide for extension of the term of any other state office and is only through an extension of Parliament in cases of war where there would be a consequent extension of the term of any other state office whose election date is tied to that of Parliament.”
Reports to extend the Parliament hit the headlines in the local media houses last year following claims by some lawmakers that 2020 was a wasted year due to the coronavirus.