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President William Ruto teaches Akufo-Addo the proper way to veto a bill

Kenya President William Ruto

is teaching our President something very basic once again – the proper way to veto a bill. Rule of law.

Ruto could have questioned the quorum and other internal parliamentary procedural matters which went into passing the bill. He could have, nicodemusly, caused a writ to be issued in the , got an injunction, and “waited” FOREVER for the Court's opinion on the validity of the bill.

He could have taken to his heels to evade service of the bill from altogether; and, on top of that, caused his to write a long letter to threaten Parliament to desist from further service attempts. But he's no drama king.

So, what did he do? He simply complied with the supreme law of Kenya by (1) accepting service of the bill, (2) indicating clearly that he has refused to assent to it, (3) stating the clauses that he objects to – “all the clauses”, (4) giving reasons for his objection – “widespread expression of dissatisfaction by members of the public”, and (5) doing all this with the constitutionally stipulated timelines. Simple. No writs. No legal arguments on tv or radio. No name-calling. Three pages – one, two, three pages.

See, it is not always the Constitution o. Sometime, it is the human being who operates the Constitution. Democracy can be less stressful.

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