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Article 131. Authority of the President

(1) The President–

  • (a) is the Head of State and Government;
  • (b) exercises the executive authority of the Republic, with the assistance of the Deputy President and Cabinet Secretaries;
  • (c) is the Commander-in-Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces;
  • (d) is the chairperson of the National Security Council; and
  • (e) is a symbol of national unity.

(2) The President shall–

  • (a) respect, uphold and safeguard this Constitution;
  • (b) safeguard the sovereignty of the Republic;
  • (c) promote and enhance the unity of the nation;
  • (d) promote respect for the diversity of the people and communities of Kenya; and
  • (e) ensure the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms and the rule of law.

(3) The President shall not hold any other State or public office.