Kikwete to address joint sitting of Kenya’s Parliament

October 1, 2015 3:43 pm
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National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi told the House that the address is part of the President Kikwete’s itinerary during his State visit/FILE
National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi told the House that the address is part of the President Kikwete’s itinerary during his State visit/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 1 – Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete will next week address a joint sitting of Parliament of Kenya.

National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi told the House that the address is part of the President Kikwete’s itinerary during his State visit.

In his communication to the House, Muturi said, “The Speaker of the Senate and I have consented to the request. This is to invite you for a joint sitting in the House of Parliament which will happen on Tuesday, October 06, 2015 at 2.30pm for purposes of an address by President Jakaya Kikwete, the President of the United Republic of Tanzania.”

President Uhuru Kenyatta had written to both House Speakers requesting for permission for his Tanzanian counterpart to address the joint House.

Standing Order 25 (1) states that, “the Speaker may, in consultation with the Leader of the Majority Party and the Leader of the Minority Party, allow a visiting Head of State or other such visiting dignitary, to address the Assembly, and may, in consultation with the Speaker of the Senate arrange for a joint sitting of Parliament for purposes of an address by such visiting Head of State or such other visiting dignitary.”

National Assembly Speaker informed MPs that the House will resume normal business after the President Kikwete’s address.

“Due to the enormous legislative agenda before the House, particularly the various Bills with constitutional deadlines, the National Assembly will resume ordinary sittings shortly after the address,” said Muturi.

President Kikwete who is serving his final term becomes the second foreign Head of State to be accorded the honour after former Nigerian President Goodluck.

Tanzania goes to the polls on October 25 where the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party still has an edge over the opposition Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA).

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