13th Parliament set to hold first sitting Thursday

The 13th parliament will hold its first sitting on Thursday, 8th September 2022 following a gazette notice issued by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Members of the two Houses; National Assembly and the Senate will during the sitting take oath of office and thereafter elect their respective speakers and their deputies.

“I, Uhuru Kenyatta, President and Commander-in Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces, appoint that the First Sitting of the National Assembly and Senate shall be held  at the main Parliament Buildings,” the Gazette Notice indicated

The National Assembly will have 349 MPs and 12 nominated members of parliament while the Senate will have 47 members and 20 nominated Senators.

Kenya Kwanza coalition has 24 Senators against Azimio’s 23 while in the National Assembly Azimio commands a majority with 167 members against 159 members of the Kenya Kwanza coalition.

The Clerk of the Senate; Jeremiah Nyegenye confirmed that the business to be transacted at this sitting on Thursday will be the swearing of senators, the election of the speaker, and deputy speaker of the senate by article 106 of the constitution.

The Clerk of the National Assembly shall administer the Oath or Affirmation of Office to members-elect present in accordance with Article 74 of the Constitution and Standing Orders 3 of the National Assembly Standing Orders.

So far several individuals have shown interest for the position of National Assembly Speaker and Deputy Speaker, with a possible candidate and FORD Kenya leader Moses Wetangula being fronted by the Kenya Kwanza Coalition.

Wetangula has already confirmed that he is ready to take up the post and would resign as Bungoma Senator to pave way for a by-election.


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