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Nonsense! Ahmednassir critiques Ruto for appeasing Raila with the office of opposition

By Wangu Kanuri December 8th, 2022 2 min read

Lawyer Ahmednassir Abdullahi has criticised President William Ruto’s decision to create an office of opposition leader to appease Raila Odinga.

Ahmednassir who is a close ally to the Head of State claimed that the creation of the office was a constitutional heresy – an untenable or unsound opinion or doctrine in politics.

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Kenya Kwanza parliamentarians had earlier revealed that President Ruto told them to table a bill granting Azimio la Umoja leader Raila Odinga constitutional powers to execute his opposition duties.

However, Ahmednassir has strongly refuted the creation of the office tweeting, “H.E @WilliamsRuto please drop this nonsense of “Office of Opposition Leader.”

It is a constitutional heresy. Runners-up in a Presidential contest go home. His party becomes the opposition in Bunge. Kenya MUST stop this silly mania of trying to quench Hon Raila’s legendary lust for power.”

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According to legal experts who spoke to Nation, the creation of the office as currently proposed is set to affect the structure of the Executive and composition of Parliament, both protected clauses that demand that any amendment should be approved by the people in a popular referendum.

After ascending to power, President Ruto in a number of his meetings declared that there would be no handshake as it was seen in the previous regime between former President Uhuru Kenyatta and Mr Odinga the opposition will have its role in the government.

Speaking after the Supreme Court upheld his win, Dr Ruto said, “We will have opposition in Kenya. We will not have a handshake that creates a mongrel of a government where no one knows where the line is.

I believe in the rule of law. I do not believe in handshake stories.”

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“I believe in an accountable government held to account by a responsible opposition. That is how Kenya is going to move forward.”

“I look forward to having a conversation on how they will hold us to account and make sure we deliver on commitments we have made to the people of Kenya…and ensure public resources are put to good use,” he added.

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