September 24, 2017

NASA MPs to boycott swearing in ceremony

National Super Alliance (NASA) MPs have vowed to skip the swearing-in ceremony for legislators which is set to take place on Thursday next week.

The Mps noted that they will skip the election of the Speaker until matters surrounding President Uhuru Kenyatta ‘s re-election are heard and credibly determined.

Led by Suna East MP, Junet Mohamed, the lawmakers accused President 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, Kenyatta set the first sitting of the National Assembly on Thursday, August 31st, 2017 from 2:30 pm at the main Parliament buildings.

“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 on Thursday, 31st August 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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