“We could not attend Parliament to listen to a temporary President who is basically a lame duck and who would basically be reading Jubilee’s campaign propaganda to us,” the Suba South MP said.

Alego Usonga MP Samuel Atandi said he could not be part of an “illegality” and therefore stayed away.

However, two Opposition MPs defied the call to boycott the first sitting.

Webuye East MP Alfred Sambu (ANC) and his Hamisi counterpart Charles Gemose attended the opening of the 12th Parliament.

Mr Sambu said he could not miss the event because it is a national function which should not be politicised.

Embakasi West MP George Theuri said the no show by the Opposition MPs was not good as it works against the spirit of national unity.

In Parliament, Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi and Senate’s Kenneth Lusaka said the House was properly constituted despite the absence of Opposition MPs and proceeded with the agenda of the day.

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