Senator Johnson Sakaja (Jubilee, Nairobi) said the decision to abscond the president’s speech was a show of disrespect to the executive and asked Justice Maraga to separate individuals from the office they occupy.
“There is no question on the legality of the president’s address and there is no reason why Judiciary absconded from an important event that is an aspect of Kenya’s entrenched democracy,” he said.
Senator Susan Kihika (Nakuru, Jubilee) said the no-show by the judiciary was disheartening and proof that Supreme Court judges were reading from the same script as Nasa.
Only Senator Imana Malaki (Turkana, ODM) and Ledama ole Kina (Narok, ODM) from the opposition attended Wednesday’s sitting.
They attended even as it emerged that the opposition had pulled out of all House business until after the fresh presidential election on October 17.
Professor Imana played down the importance of the president’s speech, arguing that its words did not reflect the national mood and that his speech had chosen words that only resonated with his own audience.
He pointed out words like “existing peace”, “democracy” and “sovereignty” as used in the president’s speech, saying they did not reflect reality.
He said opposition candidates in Turkana faced insurmountable odds to win their seats at the General Election.
“The people of Turkana voted but their own sovereign will is not reflected in the outcome of the presidential election. What we saw on August 8 was a selection,” he said, pointing out that elections in Kenya are devoid of democratic choice.
“It was not democratic because voters were cajoled, pushed, threatened and in some cases bribed with food to vote for Jubilee candidates. Some of us were elected because God wanted it,” he said.
Senator Kimani Wamatangi (Kiambu, Jubilee) challenged MPs to rise to the occasion and demonstrate leadership, saying they have an obligation to be true defenders to the Constitution.
“Let’s debate and stand for issues and desist from being divided,” he said.