Kenyan churches now want constitution amended to create more executive positions for inclusivity sake

The clergy condemned the current system in law saying it allows the winner to take it all while the loser gets nothing, therefore polarising the country further.

Protestant churches in the country have called for a change in law to expand the government and create more positions at the executive arm of government.

Speaking at Jumuia conference and country home in Limuru on Tuesday, the clergy under the National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK), said creation of additional cabinet posts would help address ethnic tensions and divisions witnessed in the country during elections.

“To resolve our underlying toxic relations, the leading politicians and political elite will need to face this underlying reality and address it in order to normalise relations and release our nation to both pursue cohesion and integration,” said Canon Karanja.

NCCK secretary general Peter Karanja, said the changes should be done through a bi-partisan parliamentary committee comprising Jubilee and Nasa coalitions.

Currently, the Constitution allows a maximum of 22 cabinet secretary positions, an amendment to change the number can, however, be done through an Act of Parliament.

The church further proposed the facilitation and funding of the opposition, both at the county and national government levels, to help in oversight.

The church also pleaded with Jubilee and Nasa coalitions to drop their hard stance on management of the fresh presidential elections to avert a constitutional crisis.

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