NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 8 – President Uhuru Kenyatta Wednesday held consultations with religious leaders drawn from most faiths in the country, after which he announced formation of a Joint Select Committee of both Houses of Parliament to deal with the IEBC stalemate.
The meeting held at State House Nairobi was attended by Speakers Justin Muturi of the National Assembly and Ekwee Ethuro of the Senate.
“The mandate of the committee will be strictly and exclusively the matter of IEBC,” President Kenyatta said at a briefing soon after the talks.
He said all stakeholders, public and private should be accorded an opportunity to make submissions to the joint select committee “as provided in the Standing Orders of both Houses of Parliament, and in the constitutional spirit of public participation.”
He emphasised the need to forge ahead within the confines of the Constitution.
“Any attempts to exercise it outside the provisions of the constitution not only undermines both the spirit and letter of the constitution, but is also a recipe for confusion and anarchy,” President Kenyatta affirmed.
He made it clear that everyone to respect, uphold and defend the Constitution “as an obligation and not an option.”
“It is imperative, mandatory and an irreducible civic duty. As your President, I have sworn to defend it; but as citizens, you have this irreversible duty to protect it.”
He disclosed that he had convened a meeting of the Jubilee Parliamentary Group Thursday to agree on the membership and Jubilee’s participation in the joint select committee.