Nairobi, KENYA: Majority leader Aden Duale on Thursday alleged that Cord members of parliament are ploting to mobilise 5,000 supporters to demonstrate at parliamentary buildings during president Kenyatta’s state of the nation address.
In a media briefing at parliamentary buildings, Duale said that it is incorrect for the legislators to try to disrupt the presidential speech insisting that such move will flout standing orders in which national speaker Justin Muturi will be obliged to take action against them.
ODM Chairman John Mbadi earlier said that the party is consulting with coalition partners in Cord on how to ensure the State of the Nation address should be inline with the Constitution and does not entail public relations rhetorics.
Duale urged the Inspector General of police Joseph Boinnet to take action against any protesters along parliament to avert any ugly eventuality in the city.
“We are aware that cord mps from Nairobi have been mobilising 5,000 people to protest in precincts of parliament , we are telling the IG that in the event of mayhem we are ready to name those mps.”Duale said.
At the same time Nominated MP Johnstone Sakajja sharply differed with any attempts by CORD legislators to protest in parliament during the address saying that they should respect the presidency, constitution and parliament.
He insisted that Jubilee MPs will not allow CORD to protest on this monumental day which is enshrined in the constitution pointing that a such move is in bad faith .
“We are also very ready as Jubilee to defend this law and presidency and to stand firm. i think kenyans are ready to go listen to what Jubilee has been doing.”Sakajja said.
On the other hand ODM chair John Mbadi vowed to move out of chambers with other CORD MPS if the presidential speech will be a public relations rhetorics.
He denounced any planned demonstrations by CORD MPs saying that he is not aware of such a move.