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Kajwang disappointed with Obama’s failure to address Parliament

23 July 2015, 21:49 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – Homa Bay Senator, Moses Kajwang said it is disappointing for the visiting US President Barrack Obama to ignore Parliament yet it is a very crucial arm of government and the people’s representative organ.

Kajwang said Obama’s address to a joint sitting of the Senate and National Assembly could promote both Houses’ dignity in their legislative mandates for citizens to respect and take them seriously.

“President Obama the most respected leader in the world and since he was also Senator, he could have considered to address Parliament during his visit. We, legislators have been demeaned by activists using pigs in their protests and his address couls help redeem Parliaments’ dignity,” said Kajwang.

Kajwang who was speaking during the Senate’s debate session added that Obama’s address to MPs could have also manifested his mindfulness in associating with the legislative arm of government.

“We play a crucial role as legislators in the running of this country and it disheartens when President Obama sidelines Parliament to have a public address at the Kasarani Stadium. He could have committed some time to meet us, the Senators together with National Assembly members,” said Kajwang.

Senators in the House thumped their feet in support of Kajwang’s plea during the sitting presided over by Elgeyo Marakwet Senator, Kipchumba Murkomen.

However, the Homa Bay Senator said there should stringent House rules to punish legislators in both Parliaments who intend to lower House dignity by perpetrating chaos due to disagreements in the passage of various legislation.

Kajwang was citing the December 2014 chaotic incident where some Senators and National Assembly members from the Jubilee and CORD coalitions confronted each other during the passage of the controversial Security Bill.

Obama will arrive in the country on Friday night and although it was earlier reported that he will address a joint sitting of Parliament, it has emerged that Parliamentary address is not on his tour schedule after his opening of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at the US embassy headquarters in Gigiri.

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