November 24, 2017

NASA coalition makes u-turn

Newly elected Members of Parliament (MP) under the National Super Alliance (NASA) have finally agreed to attend tomorrow’s (Thursday) swearing-in ceremony at Parliament building.

Bungoma Senator-elect and NASA principal, Moses Wetangula, confirmed that the leaders will attend the first session graced by President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta.

According to Mr Wetang’ula, the decision was arrived after the NASA coalition held a meeting at its offices in Nairobi’s Lavington area.

The MPs had vowed last week to skip the swearing-in ceremony noting that matters surrounding President Uhuru Kenyatta ‘s re-election must first be heard and credibly determined before conducting any house business.

Led by Suna East MP, Junet Mohamed, the lawmakers accused Uhuru of acting in bad faith by calling the first sitting of Parliament despite a pending poll petition.

In a special legal Gazette dated 23rd August 2017, Uhuru set the first sitting of the National Assembly tomorrow.

“Notice is given that pursuant to Article 126 (2) of the Constitution, I, Uhuru Kenyatta President of the Republic of Kenya and Commander-In-Chief of Defence Force, gives notice that the first sitting of the Twelfth Parliament- The National Assembly shall be held in the National Assembly Chamber, Nairobi on Thursday, 31st August at 2:30 pm,” the notice read in part.

Uhuru also issued a similar directive for the Senate to convene the same day at 2:30 pm.

“Notice is given that pursuant to Article 126 (2) of the Constitution, I, Uhuru Kenyatta President of the Republic of Kenya and Commander-In-Chief of Defence Force, gives notice that the first sitting of the Twelfth Parliament- The Senate shall be held in the Senate Chamber, Nairobi on Thursday, 31st August at 2:30 pm,” the notice read.

The main agenda for the first sitting of both Houses will be the swearing in and election of the Speakers.

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