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Why Uhuru's term could be extended to 2025 - Attorney General Kihara Kariuki explains

Legal advisor to the government makes controversial argument

A file photo of Attorney General Kihara Kariuki with Chief Justice David Maraga.

Attorney General Kihara Kariuki has warned that President Uhuru Kenyatta's term may be extended to 2025 if the advisory issued by Chief Justice David Maraga is followed.

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Kariuki said the dissolution of Parliament as advised by Maraga could have detrimental domino effects due to a number of gaps that he pointed out in the current constitution.

The AG said the Constitution envisages that the term of a President would start after the general election where MPs are elected.

He added that the law was not clear on whether dissolving Parliament would result in a by-election or a general election. A by-election would see the new Parliament serve to August 2022 but a general election would see the new Parliament get a new term up to 20225.

If Parliament commences a fresh term that falls out of the constitutional date for a General Election, the same will have the effect of altering the term of office of the president as, ordinarily, a presidential election may be held only on the same date as the General Election for MPs."

"The new Parliament will also get a fresh term of five years. Such a term may run out of the constitutional date for the conduct of the General Election of MPs, which is held on the second Tuesday of August in every fifth year," the AG said in filings made at the High Court.

His response was made in a case where the High Court was petitioned to declare the advisory issued by Maraga as unconstitutional and block President Uhuru Kenyatta from implementing it.

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