In Summary
  • Wednesday’s debate was boycotted by opposition colleagues, who said the Head of State was in office illegally.
  • Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichun’gwa criticised the Judiciary, saying that its independence was in question.
  • The Kikuyu MP alleged that Supreme Court judges were no longer undertaking independent research to come up with judgments.

Members of Parliament on Wednesday began debate on President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Tuesday speech, with those from his Jubilee Party and affiliates defending the address on the official opening of the 12th Parliament.

Wednesday’s debate was boycotted by opposition colleagues, who said the Head of State was in office illegally.

National Super Alliance (Nasa) affiliated MPs attended the morning sitting but excused themselves to attend a parliamentary group meeting, leaving the floor to Jubilee MPs and their allies.

Those who spoke said despite the nullification of President Kenyatta’s August 8 election win, he remained the Head of State enjoying all the powers of that office.

Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichun’gwa criticised the Judiciary, saying that its independence was in question.

CIVIL SOCIETY

He said some civil society groups had hired researchers for the judges to aid them in writing their judgments on the August 8 presidential election, which the Supreme Court nullified. The detailed judgment is due in a week.

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