Uhuru to address Parliament ahead of Hague trip

October 3, 2014 4:32 pm
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ational Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi told Capital FM News that all MPs have been informed of the planned session/FILE
ational Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi told Capital FM News that all MPs have been informed of the planned session/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya Oct 3 -President Uhuru Kenyatta is set address a special sitting of Parliament on Monday before he travels to The Hague for a status conference in his case.

Speakers of both the Senate and the National Assembly have already recalled legislators for the special sitting, that will take place at 3pm.

National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi told Capital FM News that all MPs have been informed of the planned session.

“The President is not required to explain in advance what he is coming to tell the sitting, he said.

“In this particular case, his office wrote to both myself and the Speaker of the Senate indicating his desire to address a joint sitting and requesting us to facilitate his address.”

Muturi refused to speculate on whether the issue of honouring the ICC summons will feature in Kenyatta’s agenda adding that he will address “national matters as provided for in the Constitution.”

“It would not be fair for me in my capacity as Speaker to guess what the President will address us on,” he said.

Munyori Buku, Director of Media and External Relations at State House said the sitting has been convened under Article 132 (1)(b) which in part states that ‘the President shall address (a) address the opening of each newly elected Parliament; (b) address a special sitting of Parliament once every year and may address Parliament at any other time.’

Kenyatta last addressed Parliament on the state of the nation on March 27 this year.

On Friday, dozens of politicians were racing against time to secure travel documents to accompany the President in the trip which will go down in history as the first time a sitting head of state sets foot in the ICC.

Land Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu who was among leaders at the Dutch embassy earlier on Friday said she will accompany the President as a show of solidarity.

Jubilee Coalition Chief Whip Katoo ole Metito, Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria, Kajiado North MP Joseph Manje and Kieni MP Kanini Kega are among the over 100 MPs accompanying the President to support him in his cooperation with the court.

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