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President Uhuru Kenyatta addresses the nation during the 57th Madaraka Day Celebrations at State House Gardens, Nairobi/PSCU

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Kenyatta meets Jubilee MPs ahead of resumption of House sittings

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 2 – President Uhuru Kenyatta is on Tuesday morning expected to convene another Parliamentary Group meeting this time to meet his legislators in the National Assembly.

According to an invite sent out by Majority Leader Aden Duale the meeting is scheduled for State House, Nairobi starting 9 am.

Mheshimiwa (Honorable) , I wish to invite you for a Jubilee Coalition, National Assembly Parliamentary Group Meeting, at State House Nairobi tomorrow, Tuesday 2nd June 2020 at 9am. Please be punctual. Uhuru Kenyatta Party Leader His Excellency,” read the message.

This comes weeks after the President met with his troops in the Senate and effected changes resolved to oust Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen, Majority Chief Whip Susan Kihika and Deputy Speaker Kithure Kindiki from their positions.

The President over the weekend said his decision to institute a purge in House leadership is driven by the need to have in place those who support the implementation of his Big Four development agenda and efforts to unite the country through Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), a constitutional review initiative.

In his Madaraka Day address to the nation, the Head of State gave the strongest signal yet of his determination to oversee urgent and far-reaching constitutional changes to secure the country’s economic growth and development.

“I am already discerning a constitutional moment. Not a moment to replace the 2010 Constitution but one to improve on it. A moment that will right what we got wrong in 2010. But fundamentally, the constitutional moment I discern is one that will bring an end to the senseless cycles of violence we have experienced in every election since 1992,” President Kenyatta stated.

President Kenyatta’s speech captured the reflections of late Tom Mboya during the Lancaster House constitution-making process in the 1960s when he emphasized on the need for the independence Constitution to address aspirations of its people.

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“Fifty years ago, Mboya warned Kenyans against constitutional rigidity. He told us that a constitution is not an end in itself; it is a means to a greater end. It is a living document. And if certain elements of the constitution outlive their historical purposes, they become a cancer,” the President narrated.

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