BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,25TH AUG 2017-Former leader of majority in 11th parliament Aden Duale has accused the National Super Alliance NASA members of parliament elect of hypocrisy after they declared that they will not attend the swearing in ceremony of 12th parliament planned for August 31st 2017.NASA members of parliament say they will wait until the presidential petition the coalition has filed at the supreme court challenging president Kenyatta’s victory is hard and determined.
Addressing the press at parliament buildings on Friday,Duale says the move is absurd as members of parliament are not in any case linked to the petition in the supreme court.He says it was wrong for NASA to relate the independent parliament with the petition while it was Uhuru Kenyatta ,IEBC and Raila Odinga who are parties to the petition.
Duale also says the office of the president is not vacant as president Kenyatta continue to occupy office until the next elected person is sworn into office in accordance to article 142 of the constitution.
Duale says the move by NASA was selfish and aimed at delaying the business of the 12th parliament.He further says that the session scheduled for August 31 in parliament will still go on even if NASA skipped it in totality.
In a statement to the press on Thursday NASA had argued that there was no need of swearing in any members of parliament elected in August 8 elections since they have challenged all the positions contested in the same poll starting with Members of county assemblies ,MPs,Women reps,senators and even Gubernatorial.NASA says the election of those officers is still subject to their petition currently before the supreme court and therefore swearing them in was against the truth on the ground.
Here is the statement.