- Kenyan politicians have come out with a consensus on scrapping the role of Prime Minister in the new constitution as well as limit the presidential power.
The committee of the Members of Pariament, representing the different political parties in Kenya, is expected to table the draft constitution for debate in parliament soon.
The new law, which is expected to level the playing fields for all political stakeholders in the country, will also be a subject of a referendum before it is adopted as a national guiding document.
Under the new draft, the Presidential appointments will have to be approved by the Upper house while some powers will be taken to the appropriate local government authrorities.
The Kenya government was created out of a power sharing deal in 2008, following the 2007 post-election violence which left about 1,500 people dead.
It was through the deal that the position of Prime Minister was also created, in order to have the waring political parties have a fair share of the running affairs of government.
Kenya is expected to go for another polls in 2012, but there are still a number of issues yet to be dealt with, such as the finalisation of the new constitution as well as dealing with the perpetrators of the 2007 post-election violence, who have already been named by the commission established by the government, which handed over its report mid last year.
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