Opposition MPs stay away as Kenya parliament opens
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Opposition MPs stay away as Kenya parliament opens

Posted CHARLES OMONDI in Nairobi

on  Tuesday, September 12  2017 at  20:12

Kenya's opposition Members of Parliament Tuesday boycotted the opening session presided over by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The National Super Alliance (Nasa) coalition lawmakers said parliament should not have been convened until after fresh presidential election on October 17.

The Supreme Court of Kenya on September 1 annulled the re-election of President Kenyatta on August 8, citing electoral irregularities and illegalities.

Power vacuum

As the parliament session went on, the Nasa MPs joined their leader Raila Odinga for a campaign rally at a Nairobi estate.

President Kenyatta took the chance to reiterate that their was no power vacuum, stating that the Constitution was clear that the term of a president ends when another is sworn in.

"No matter the political noises that are loudest during elections, I want to assure every Kenyan and the world that every arm of government is in place and operational. There is no void and there is no lacuna; Kenya is progressing along the path drawn for it by the Constitution,” he said.

Best interests

He once again said he strongly disagreed with the Supreme Court decision that nullified his election, but accepted it because of respect of the Constitution and its institution.

“I have previously demonstrated this fidelity to the best interests of the Kenyan people, as happened when I conceded the loss of an election in 2002. You will also recall that I heeded the summons from a foreign court even though I knew I was answering trumped-up charges,” he said.

He asked lawmakers to ensure sustained democracy by maintaining peace.