Today, President Uhuru Kenyatta will deliver a State of the Nation speech in a Parliament that will only be filled with his allied MPs only.
In May, in an unprecedented move, the head of state planned to pitch camp in select Mount Kenya constituencies to spearhead the removal of some elected MPs through the recall clause. This would be a Kenyan first.
“It’s not going to be business as usual. We are soon going to release their names,” a confident Tuju said, adding that those who have been insulting the President would be among the casualties.
Although provided for in law, the recall process is tedious and has never succeeded since the enactment of the 2010 Constitution.
Sections 45 and 46 of the Elections Act require that those seeking to recall an MP get the support of at least 30 per cent of registered voters in the constituency in addition to 15 per cent in every ward.
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The country’s COVID-19 situation, as well as the persistent drought in some areas, are set to be discussed in President Uhuru Kenyatta’s state of the nation address on Tuesday.
Furthermore, with the country gearing up for a general election next year, the president is likely to address concerns about the mechanisms put in place to guarantee a seamless transfer.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only 114 of the 416 national assembly members and senators will be admitted inside the chambers. Military officers are rehearsing along Parliament Road in preparation for Tuesday’s State of the Nation speech.