Thursday June 4, 2020 – Deputy President William Ruto’s allies have broken their silence on the effect of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Executive Order No 1 of 2020.

The document has sparked a lot of debate about whether it had implications in the Office of the Deputy President, abolishing The Presidency which was established by Executive Order No 1 of 2013 and maintained until the recent one which changed to The Executive Office of The President.

 “Relax. The next two years will be about succession politics.”

“It will come in various forms; Fight for legislative control, change the constitution, fire and hire CSs and other senior government officials, political arrests, intimidation of judges etc then boom! Time is over. Nothing much,” Elgeyo Senator Kipchumba Murkomen stated. 

“What exactly are people debating about the amendment to the executive order?”

“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 questioned. 

Jubilee Party Deputy Secretary General, Caleb Kositany, explained that the office of the Deputy President is a constitutional office hence it could not be abolished. 

Digital strategist Dennis Itumbi stated that the Executive Order only ensured that the changes done over the last two years were captured in a single document. 

“For instance, Nzioka Waita is no longer head of PDU. Kiunjuri is no longer CS etc.”

“Ignore the rumours by KTN News.”

“Executive office of the President and the office of the Deputy President remain intact,” Itumbi stated.

On the other hand, Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei stated that the executive order was null and void. 

“An executive order is a form of statutory instrument and as such should be subjected to the parliamentary committee on delegated legislation.”

“As such, the executive order, as issued, is illegal, null and void,” he weighed in.

While many Ruto allies say that he has always been under the office of the president, President Kenyatta in his Executive Order No.1 of 2013 established The Presidency which included both their offices. (The Executive Office of The President and The Executive Office of The Deputy President).


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