From the constitutional standpoint, Kenya should be having the next general elections on 8th August 2022, next year.
But some rumor has it that the next general elections may be postponed.
Thisi a very serious matter that should be treated with a lot of care.
COTU secretary general Francis Atwoli said that unless we have a referendum before the next year’s general elections, then the chances of postponing the general elections is high.
“If theirs is no BBI we will postpone elections. It will not be the leaders… it is us who will have problems. No BBI no elections and that I can tell for free.” Stated Francis Atwoli.
Atwoli is a close friend of President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga. Therefore, what Atwoli says holds sway in the political sphere.
Building Bridges Initiative is having a timeline, due to the elections that should be held next year. It is of importance to put into consideration that the law bars any constitutional amendments a year to a general election.
Now that the fate of the Building Bridges Initiative is hazy, it is hard to tell if there will be elections next year.
But how can elections be stopped?
Former CJ David Maraga advised the president to dissolve the parliament. The president can dissolve the parliament.
Now, how will the budget be passed?
Constitutionally, president should serve for five years. Uhuru was sworn in as the President of Republic of Kenya in October 2017. By next year August he shall not have served for exactly five years. This is making the equation to be complicated.
Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission that is in charge of conducting elections, claimed that they are not ready to conduct elections next year due to financial instability.
Kenya is a democratic nation and is known for obeying the principles of democracy. Kenyans are therefore called upon to be all ears and eyes out and be ready to do what it takes to ensure the political class does not mess their affairs.