Deputy President of Kenya: The new Constitution has renamed the holder of this position as Deputy President who – just like in the old Law – is the principal assistant of the President of Kenya and deputises in the execution of presidential functions. Currently, the Vice-President is Mr. Kalonzo Musyoka who is also the Minister for Home Affairs.
The Deputy President performs functions conferred by the Constitution Article 147) and also as the President may assign. When the President is absent or is temporarily incapacitated, the Deputy President acts as the President.
Election of Deputy President
Each candidate in a presidential election nominates a person as a candidate for Deputy President. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission will declare the candidate nominated by the President to be elected as the Deputy President.
The swearing in of the Deputy President-elect will be in public and before the Chief Justice or the Deputy Chief Justice.
He or she cannot hold office for more than two five-year terms. If the Deputy President resigns, it should be in writing in a letter addressed to the President.
Vacancy in Deputy President’s office
Within 14 days after a vacancy arises (Article 149), the President nominates a person to fill it, and the National Assembly votes on it within 60 days.
The person so picked will be deemed to have served a full term if, at the date on which the person assumed office, more than two and a half years remain before the next election.
Removal of Deputy President
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This, in line with Article 150 of the Constitution, can be on the ground of physical or mental incapacity or impeachment for gross violation of the Constitution, committing a crime under national or international law or gross misconduct. The procedures similar to those for the removal of the President (Articles 144 and 145) apply.
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