Jubilee MPs to meet at State House before Uhuru’s joint Parliament address
Jubilee MPs will convene at State House Nairobi on Tuesday morning before moving to Parliament for the House’s official opening.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto are expected to address the legislators in a bid to rubberstamp their bid to push for the ruling party’s agenda in the National Assembly and the Senate.
Uhuru will address a joint sitting of the 12th Parliament Tuesday afternoon amid sharp division between his Jubilee Party and the opposition following the nullification of the commander in chief’s victory by the Supreme Court on September 1.
Article 132 of the Constitution requires the president to address the opening of each newly elected Parliament.
The address comes amid threats by the opposition NASA that its MPs will skip the presidential address.
NASA co-principal Moses Wetangula said on Tuesday: The President does not have power to convene or schedule the opening of the newly-elected Parliament.”
“The duty awaits the president who will assume office after being sworn in by the Chief Justice upon taking and subscribing to oath of allegiance and the oath for the execution of the functions of office as provided by the Constitution.”
Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi said opposition MPs will instead address a rally in Nairobi when Uhuru will be making his address in the National Assembly.
Uhuru on Tuesday when he met leaders from Ukambani at State House said his address to the two Houses will go on even in the absence of NASA MPs.
“In the National Assembly, we are only 13 members shy, meaning we can even change the Constitution without them. What is he (Raila) going to do? What can he do?” he posed.