What Raila will be doing when Uhuru will be addressing joint Parliament
Uhuru is scheduled to address a joint sitting of Parliament at 2pm.
The rally is scheduled to take place at 2pm exactly the same time Kenyatta will preside over the bicameral sitting of Parliament and Senate.
Article 132 of the Constitution requires the President to address the opening of each newly elected Parliament.
“Pursuant to the provisions of standing order 22(2) of the National Assembly and standing order 22(2) of the Senate, the Speaker of both the Houses of Parliament hereby notify all Members of Parliament that the opening of the twelfth shall be held in the National Assembly chamber, main Parliament buildings, Nairobi on September 12, at 2:30pm,” reads a notice signed by both Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi and his senate counterpart Kenneth Lusaka.
The special joint sitting of Parliament is an opportunity for an elected President to outline his government’s agenda for the administration's five years.
However, with the repeat elections next month, this provision has further thrown into confusion the whole procedure of the presidential address.
Odinga's rally is a move seen by many pundits as an attempt meant to take away the limelight from Kenyatta's address after the NASA coalition insisted the President is acting in his position illegitimately after the Supreme Court nullified his August 8 victory and called for a repeat presidential election slated for October 17.
On Monday, NASA MPs announced that they will snub Kenyatta's speech in Parliament saying they could not sit and listen to a 'lame-duck' President.
However, Uhuru has told off the Opposition leaders daring them to go on with their boycott as it will have no impact.
He said the Jubilee MPs will begin the processes of passing bills noting that they have the majority in numbers, even suggesting that they can easily impeach Raila within two or three months, should he become President.
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