The Deputy President of Kenya (formerly the vice-president of Kenya) is the second-highest political official in the Kenyan government. The deputy president is the principal assistant of the president and deputises for the president in executive functions. Prior to the 2010 Constitution of Kenya, the deputy president was known as the vice president. While the vice president was appointed by the president, the deputy president is elected as part of a joint ticket with the President of Kenya. In addition, unlike the previous situation where the vice president would usually have a Cabinet Ministry to hold, the deputy president is not permitted to hold any other state or public office
Before the 2010 Constitution of Kenya, the Deputy President was known as the Vice President.
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 should 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 in Kenya except certain powers such as those related to hiring and firing. The 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 the 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.
6. 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 relating to public finance management.
7. The Deputy President can also chair the National and County Government Coordinating Summit in the absence of the President. It is the apex body for intergovernmental relations (that is, relations between the national and the county governments).