NAIROBI, Kenya Sept 8 – President Uhuru Kenyatta will address the First Joint Sitting of the Senate and National Assembly on Tuesday next week to outline the government’s legislative agenda.
In a joint gazette notice, House Speakers Justin Muturi and Ken Lusaka said the President acted in accordance with Article 132 1 (A) of the Constitution which requires the him to address the opening of each newly elected Parliament.
The President is expected to address MPs on the measures taken and the progress in the realization of national values and submit a report to Parliament in fulfilling Kenya’s international obligations.
The Sitting comes as the country prepares to go back to the polls on October 17 after the Supreme Court nullified Kenyatta’s win during the August 8 General Election.
In the address to Parliament President Kenyatta is likely to prevail upon the Houses – where he now enjoys a better majority than he had after the 2013 polls- to rework the budget to factor in the expansion of the free maternal health care, introduction of free public secondary school education, and expansion of food and agriculture production by doubling the fertilizer subsidy initiative and reduce the cost to farmers to less than Sh1,500.
The 12th Parliament held its first sitting two weeks ago upon which lawmakers in both the National Assembly and Senate were sworn-in and proceeded to elect their respective House Speakers.