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President Uhuru Kenyatta gazettes the first Parliament sitting on Thursday

President Uhuru Kenyatta gazettes the first Parliament sitting, both National Assembly and the Senate on Thursday, September 8.

The first meeting of newly elected senators and members of parliament has been set for September 8 by President Uhuru.

The MPs will take their oath of office during the first session, according to a gazette notice published on Monday, September 5.

Additionally, each house’s speakers will be chosen by the legislators.

“In exercise of the powers conferred by Article 126 (2) of the Constitution of Kenya, I. Uhuru Kenyatta, President and Commander-in-Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces, appoint that the First Sitting of the National Assembly and Senate shall be held at the Main Parliament Buildings in the Senate Chamber, Nairobi, on September 8, 2022, at 9.00 am,” read the notice in part.

The gazettement comes after a section of MPs allied to Kenya Kwanza had lamented that Uhuru was intentionally delaying the gazettement.

“What is therefore cooking? Is there a deliberate move to delay or negate the swearing-in of MPs-elect? Is there an attempt to create a constitutional crisis by ensuring that Parliament is not in place?” Garissa Town MP-elect Aden Duale stated. 

“Looking at Parliamentary Practice, in the 11th Parliament, the late, President H.E Mwai Kibaki gazetted the date of the first sitting of the 11th Parliament within 2 weeks after the election of the Uhuruto ticket,” Duale added. . 

Article 126(2) of the Constitution, required Uhuru to publish the time and location of the first parliament sitting within 30 days.

Meanwhile, Kenya Kwanza fronted Bungoma senator-elect, Moses Wetangula, for the National Assembly Speaker position while Azimio La Umoja vouched for the former speaker, Kenneth Marende.

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