In Summary
  • The first joint sitting of the two Houses of Parliament will take place at the National Assembly Chambers in the afternoon.
  • The opening of the 12th Parliament will pave the way for the bicameral House to officially start its work.

Opposition MPs have said they will boycott Tuesday’s opening of the 12th Parliament by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The first joint sitting of the two Houses of Parliament will take place at the National Assembly Chambers in the afternoon.

However, opposition MPs and senators have said they will boycott the ceremony, arguing that the President has no powers to convene the new Parliament.

REPEAT ELECTION
Nasa co-principal and Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula said Mr Kenyatta is “a lame-duck President”.

He added that authority lies in the President who will assume office after next month’s presidential repeat election.

“Between the general election and the time when a newly elected President assumes office, the outgoing President exercises limited powers during temporary incumbency.

"The opening of Parliament must therefore await the fresh presidential election,” Mr Wetang’ula said.

WIN NULLIFIED
According to the senator, the nullification of the re-election of President Kenyatta by the Supreme Court on September 1 undermined any legitimacy or the authority he had or enjoyed.

“This matter is therefore simple and straightforward and requires no debate. Nasa MPs will not attend the purported opening of Parliament,” Mr Wetang’ula said during a press conference at the opposition’s offices in Lavington.

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