Kenya’s Deputy p[resident William Ruto and ODM Leader Raila Odinga agree on having the Cabinet Secretaries should sit in parliament ass part of the constitutional reforms.
Raila Odinga who was speaking at his Capitol Hill Square office situated in Copperhill stated the reform would enhance governance and accountability compared to the current setup.
“I believe the composition of cabinet needs to change to include MPs,” Odinga told Daily Nation shortly after a meeting of Kenyan representatives of Asian descent.
“But let Kenyans openly debate the options because, at the end of the day, it is the people of Kenya who shall decide,” added the NASA Principal.
If the constitutional reforms are passed, the president will pick some or all members of the cabinet from the parliament. The current constitution does not allow the president to pick politicians for any cabinet secretary post.
Apart from the two leaders agreeing they still have something to disagree on. Odinga revealed that he wants Cabinet Secretaries to be picked from sitting MPs while DP Ruto noted that the Cabinet Secretaries should be ex-official members of parliament.
DP Ruto revealed it in his public address in Chatham, UK, where he proposed that Ministers attend parliament sittings at least once a week and whenever required to answer questions on the floor of the house.
The DP further noted that the parliamentary system of government, advocated by the opposition leader, was meant to create positions for election losers.