The opposition party of Kenya has boycotted the opening session of the parliament after the country’s court annulled President Kenyatta’s election win. They demanded that Parliament not to be convened until 17 October.
The opposition leader Raila Odinga said, “At times we have even had to exercise our constitutional right to protest and have picketed outside the electoral commission’s offices to agitate for our rights as citizens.”
“One of the hallmarks of democracy is free, fair and credible elections. As Kenyans we have striven for and undertaken many reforms in our electoral system over the years,” he added.
In his address to the opening session of the Parliament, President Kenyatta said, “No matter the political noises that are loudest during elections, I want to assure every Kenyan, and the world, that every arm of government is in place and operational.”
“There is no void and there is no lacuna; Kenya is progressing along the path drawn for it by the Constitution,” he added.
President Kenyatta was declared the winner of an election held on 8 August. He won 54% votes while his opponent former PM of Kenya Raila Odinga won 44% vote.
President Kenyatta told the Parliamentarians, “The set term of a president is embedded until a new one is sworn in as per the constitution.”
“I urge all political leaders to avoid engaging in divisive and destructive politics that have no place in modern Kenya,” President Kenyatta added.
President Kenyatta told although questions the court verdict but he respects it. He said, “I have previously demonstrated this before when I conceded defeat in 2002 and heeded summons from an international court when I knew I was facing trumped up charges.”