LSK holds 'cordial' meeting with House clerk after failing to 'Occupy Parliament'

In Summary

•Havi and United Green Movement's Jonathan Mueke went to the speaker's boardroom to serve vacate notices.

•The 'Occupy Parliament' movement is a push by the LSK to force President Uhuru Kenyatta to dissolve Parliament as advised by Maraga on September 21 over its failure to implement the two-thirds gender rule.

Law Society of Kenya President Nelson Havi on Monday led protests demanding that legislators vacate Parliament Buildings over Chief Justice David Maraga's dissolution advisory.

Law Society of Kenya President Nelson Havi on Monday led protests demanding that legislators vacate Parliament Buildings over Chief Justice David Maraga's dissolution advisory.

Havi and United Green Movement's Jonathan Mueke went to the speaker's boardroom to serve vacate notices.

The 'Occupy Parliament' movement is a push by the LSK to force President Uhuru Kenyatta to dissolve Parliament as advised by Maraga on September 21 over its failure to implement the two-thirds gender rule.

 

LSK said parliamentarians ceased to exercise their legislative powers on behalf of Kenyans.

This follows the end of the 21-day ultimatum after the advisory. 

According to the CJ, Parliament had failed to enact a law that would have seen the two-thirds gender rule implemented.

However, LSK members were allowed into Parliament Buildings after their 'Ocuupy Parliament' bid failed.

 National Assembly Clerk Michael Sialai said parliamentarians and LSK members had fruitful deliberations.

Sialai lauded the LSK team for being civil in their approach to Parliament and pressed for the need to pursue dialogue on the same matter.

He said, “We, as Parliament, will continue to be guided by the Constitution and the law even as we dispense our responsibilities under Articles 96 of the Constitution."

 

He called for respect for the judicial precess after several petitions were made against the advisory.

The court temporarily stopped the implementation of the advisory pending the hearing and determination of a petition.

LSK members protest outside Parliament as they wait to hand over their petition led by society President Nelson Havi on October 11, 2020.
LSK members protest outside Parliament as they wait to hand over their petition led by society President Nelson Havi on October 11, 2020.
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