No, Trade CS Kuria is not the “acting president” as both the President and his deputy are currently out of the country.
In Kenya, in the event that both the President and his Deputy are absent from the country, the Speaker of the National Assembly, currently Moses Wetangula, steps into the role of Acting President, as stipulated by the Kenyan Constitution. The Acting President is vested with the authority to carry out the functions of the President during their absence. It’s crucial to emphasize that this arrangement is temporary and remains in effect until either the President or Deputy President returns to the country.
The claims made by Trade Cabinet Secretary, Moses Kuria, stating that he is now the “acting president”, are not accurate. According to the constitution and established political orders, he does not possess the authority to act as the president.
According to Cabinet Secretary for Investments, Trade, and Industry, Moses Kuria, with President Ruto, DP Gachagua, and Prime CS Mudavadi currently out of the country, he now assumes charge.
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To arrive to this conclusion, the iVerify Network of Fact-Checking Desks has conducted the following process. In Kenya, if both the President and Deputy President are out of the country simultaneously, and the Prime Cabinet Secretary is also absent, the National Assembly Speaker, in this case, Moses Wetang’ula, may assume the role of Acting President. This is in accordance with the Kenyan constitution, which designates the Speaker of the National Assembly as the next in line to assume the presidency in the absence of both the President and Deputy President. This is outlined in the Kenyan Constitution under Article 147(3). The Acting President has the authority to perform the functions of the President during their absence. It’s important to note that this is a temporary arrangement until either the President or Deputy President returns to the country.