The functions of the deputy president of Kenya emanate from the presidency. As the name implies, the deputy president deputises the president. He or she is an important part of the national executive arm of government.
But what role does the deputy
The Functions of the Deputy President of Kenya
The deputy president is the principal assistant to the president. He or she should deputise for the president in performing the presidential functions.
The deputy president should perform the functions the Constitution confers upon them. They should also perform any other functions of the president as the president may assign.
When the President is absent or is temporarily incapacitated, and during any other period that the President decides, the Deputy President shall act as the President. (Article 134)
When the president dies, is removed or impeached, the deputy president should take over as the president for the remainder of the term of the president.
Therefore, the deputy president can perform all the functions of the president except certain powers such as those related to hiring and firing. These powers the deputy president cannot perform are the:
- nomination or appointment of the judges of the superior courts;
- nomination or appointment of any other public officer whom this Constitution or legislation requires the President to appoint;
- the nomination or appointment or dismissal of Cabinet Secretaries and other State or Public officers;
- nomination or appointment or dismissal of a high commissioner, ambassador, or diplomatic or consular representative;
- power of mercy; and
- the authority to confer honours in the name of the people and the Republic.
The deputy president chairs the Intergovernmental Budget and Economic Council. The purpose of the Council is to provide a forum for consultation and cooperation between the national government and county governments on diverse issues.
The deputy president can also chair the National and County Government Coordinating Summit in the absence of the president.
Vacancy in the Office of the Deputy President Kenya
Within fourteen days after a vacancy in the office of Deputy President arises, the President should nominate a person to fill the vacancy, and the National Assembly should vote on the nomination within sixty days after receiving it.
If a person assumes office as Deputy President as stipulated above, then, for the purposes of Article 148 (8), the person is deemed-
- to have served a full term as Deputy President if, at the date on which the person assumed office, more than two and a half years remain before the date of the next regularly scheduled election under Article 136 (2) (a); or
- not to have served a term of office as Deputy President, in any other case.
Article 148(8) of the Kenyan Constitution says that a person shall not hold office as Deputy President for more than two terms (10 years). These are consecutive terms.