In Summary
  • We emphasise that Parliament and other constitutional institutions must be respected and spared impulsive and divisive politics.

The official opening of the 12th Parliament started on a negative note.

Although President Uhuru Kenyatta performed his constitutional duty and addressed the first session, the boycott by the National Super Alliance MPs cast a dark shadow over what should have been a solemn and gracious occasion.

We had said before that Parliament is not the right arena for political supremacy wars; that the House has its rules and traditions besides the constitutional requirements that it must abide by.

But politicians tend to think differently; for them, scoring political mileage is always more profound than doing the right thing.

DIVISION
We emphasise that Parliament and other constitutional institutions must be respected and spared impulsive and divisive politics.

Unfortunately, it seems that this Parliament will be acrimonious as MPs have defined the corners from where they seek to fight, irrespective of the issue on the table.

Its predecessor had some nasty and ignoble sessions, when MPs threw caution to the wind and did some most unthinkable things to push parochial party and ethnic interests. Signs are, this one could be worse.

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