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February 26, 2018

Judiciary stays away as Uhuru opens Parliament

President Uhuru Kenyatta addresses Parliament during the State opening of the 1st Session of 12th Parliament at Parliament Buildings, Nairobi. Photo PSCU
President Uhuru Kenyatta addresses Parliament during the State opening of the 1st Session of 12th Parliament at Parliament Buildings, Nairobi. Photo PSCU

The Judiciary has been accused of ganging up with NASA to snub the opening of the 12th Parliament by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Jubilee MPs yesterday criticised the Judiciary, led by Chief Justice David Maraga, saying they read mischief in their absence.

Buuri MP Rindikiri Mugambi said the opposition and Judiciary boycotted the sitting as a show of solidarity.

“Who between NASA and Judiciary is pulling the other? I don’t know the marriage they have and who is writing the script between the two,” he said.

Mugambi said it was important for the independent arm of government to attend the sitting to show the country is united and stable.

“They should have come to show that the country is moving in the right direction,” he said.

But Kimilili MP Didmus Wekesa said, “[The] Judiciary may have had a legitimate reason owing to the fact that they have just come from a presidential petition.”

Nyeri woman representative Rahab Mukami said despite the Judiciary’s absence, the House attained a quorum and the event went on smoothly without any mishap.

Tetu MP James Gichuhi said the absence of the Judiciary and NASA lawmakers was inconsequential since the President showed the government is intact and aims to fulfil it’s agenda.

President Uhuru arrived at Parliament at 2:50pm, 20 minutes late. There was heavy military and police presence in the vicinity of Parliament.

He was welcomed by Deputy President William Ruto and top security chiefs before he inspected a guard of honour. 

Speakers Justin Muturi (National Assembly) and Kenneth Lusaka (Senate), Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko and majority leader Aden Duale ushered him into the National Assembly.

Uhuru made his way to the House chambers at 3:15pm. ACK Archbishop Jackson ole Sapit led the prayer session.

Muturi and Lusaka told the House Uhuru was justified to open the 12th Parliament as stated in Article 132 ( 1 ) (a).


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