The Council wants election losers to be awarded posts in Government
The Gikuyu Council of Elders has called for a review of the Constitution to allow for what they termed as an all-inclusive government after elections.
Led by the National Chairman Ndung’u Gaithuma and their CEO Eng Patrick Muiru, the Council says that general elections have always left the country divided and polarized.
They said that the current constitution should be amended to create the position for official Leader of Opposition who will sit in the National Assembly while his running mate will be absorbed in the Senate as the Senate Minority leader.
“What this country needs is an all-inclusive Government where the winners and losers will be absorbed,” said Muiru.
The Elders argue that the culture of the winner taking it all has always left election losers feeling not Kenyan enough.
Gaithuma said that as a Council they are willing and ready to support any constitutional amendments that will enhance national cohesion.
“It’s not fair for someone who has a nationwide support and gets over six million votes to be left out after a general election,” said Gaithuma.
He added: “Leaving out such a person with a massive support leaves him and his supporters dejected and this is what we want corrected.”
The Council now wants a team of Professionals, Church leaders, Business leaders and Politicians put together to spearhead the law reform process.
On the issue of 2022 politics, the council cautioned politicians moving across the country with 2022 politics as their main agenda, saying it was too early for politicians to take Kenyans through another round of campaigns.
Gaithuma said the Council will only negotiate the 2022 political support at the right time.
At the same time, the Council reiterated that President Uhuru Kenyatta remains the community’s spokesperson and that anyone who wants to talk to the community must pass through him.