In Summary
  • He said the legislators were sworn in at a time that requires them to uphold democracy.
  • He warned that no one will be allowed to disrupt peace.

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday addressed the first sitting of the 12th Parliament.

In the joint sitting boycotted by opposition legislators, President Kenyatta moved to assure Kenyans and the international community that there is no void in the top leadership.

He said the Constitution is clear that the term of a president ends when another is sworn in.

"No matter the political noises that are loudest during elections, I want to assure every Kenyan and the world that every arm of government is in place and operational. There is no void and there is no lacuna; Kenya is progressing along the path drawn for it by the Constitution,” he said.

DEMOCRACY

He said the legislators were sworn in at a time that requires them to uphold democracy.

The President said he strongly disagreed with the Supreme Court decision that nullified his election but accepted it because of respect of the Constitution and its institution.

“I have previously demonstrated this fidelity to the best interests of the Kenyan people, as happened when I conceded the loss of an election in 2002. You will also recall that I heeded the summons from a foreign court even though I knew I was answering trumped-up charges,” he said.

He asked lawmakers to ensure sustained democracy by maintaining peace.

He warned that no one will be allowed to disrupt peace and asked political leaders to avoid making inflammatory remarks.

"I urge all political leaders to avoid engaging in divisive and destructive politics that have no place in modern Kenya. For my part, I know that my most serious obligation is to sustain and protect the peace and security of all our people without exception," he said.

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