Kenyan opposition MPs boycott Uhuru’s speech

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Opposition MPs in Kenya have boycotted the opening of the new parliament to protest against President Uhuru Kenyatta’s decision to address it after a court annulled his election win.

They say that parliament should not have been convened until after the election re-run slated for 17 October.

The MPs instead joined opposition leader Raila Odinga for a campaign rally in the capital, Nairobi.

Mr Kenyatta said he still had the power to convene parliament.
Mr Kenyatta was declared winner of the 8 August poll, garnering 54% of the vote against Mr Odinga’s 44%.

10 Responses to Kenyan opposition MPs boycott Uhuru’s speech

  1. As of this moment,Uhuru is not president of Kenya.

    omie
    September 12, 2017 at 8:35 pm
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  2. Uhuru seems to be shell shocked with the nullification of his election “win”.How can Uhuru address Parliament when there Is an on going Presidential Election Rerun? Uhuru must be out of his mind. He should be campaigning instead of addressing Parliament without a New Mandate.

    Victor
    September 12, 2017 at 9:44 pm
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  3. African leaders , it is only the bullet when it goes through the head that can retire then . when they find sweet they forget about retirement . Look at Mugebe , Kenyatta , KAGAME , Museven ,and many others . now it is Lungu he is trying to grow in to a full time dictator , for he has tasted the sweetness of presidential powers . God is watching

    SABINAH CHIWENO
    September 13, 2017 at 7:40 am
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  4. None of the comments so far are asking what the Kenyan Constitution says. Did the CJ also say the President steps down?

    abilima
    September 13, 2017 at 7:58 am
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  5. Power hungry Uhuru. His election was annulled meaning he’s not president currently. He needs to concentrate on campaigns for the rerun not giving speeches in parliament in which capacity? These african leaders baffle people zoona.

    Rudo
    September 13, 2017 at 8:30 am
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    • Ignorant!He is president until the elections are held.Remember he is the incumbet president.

      Mimbulu
      September 14, 2017 at 9:08 am
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  6. The Zambian Constitution is a copy of the Kenyan Template but was modified in some aspects.Our Constitutional drafters provided that after a Presidential Election is properly Petitioned and filed b4 Concourt the Incumbent President should resign and handover Power to the Speaker of Parliament during the Petition Hearing process.In the Kenyan example it seems they don’t have this Provision. There is a Lacuna which needs to be removed. Surely once a Re-Run is declared by the Supreme Court the Incumbent President should not have Executive Powers to open Parliament or run govt. This is a Lacuna and the Kenyan Supreme Court should Rule on this. It is simply illogical that after President Elect is nullified the Incumbent President should continue to govern with full Executive Powers.Parliament should have waited opening for 60 days and let Civil Servants run govt for 60 days. This is the advantage of Petitioning Elections becoz the Supreme Court or the Concourt should step in and make a Ruling and remove the lacuna if any. The Ruling will create a good precedent for future Elections.That is the Reason why the Zambian Petition must be heard to create a precedent for 2021 Elections.The Petition Hearing will help to refine the Zambian Constitution and Electoral Law.#Let the Petition be heard in Court without fail.

    Zulu
    September 13, 2017 at 11:25 am
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    • Continue dreaming with your petition. You think that if you said it several times then it will be granted? There is no Constitution that is designed to create a leadership vacuum. Kenyatta is the incumbent. The Court ruled on the credibility of elections, and not on the credibility of Kenyatta. Also, try to read and understand the Zambian Constitution.

      abilima
      September 13, 2017 at 1:44 pm
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    • HH has no solid grounds for his petition and that is the more reason his Lawyers had to deliberately raise one preliminary issue after another to kill time.In Kenya,Odinga presented his petition grounds on day one and the whole Petition was concluded in 10 days.So what is the need for seeking the court’s time to have the Right to Be Heard matter after squandering the constitutional 14 days?

      Dominic
      September 13, 2017 at 3:45 pm
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    • Where in Zambian constitution does it say the incumbent should resign and hand over to the Speaker.
      Am learning

      Mimbulu
      September 14, 2017 at 9:10 am
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