President Uhuru Kenyatta was interrupted by opposition MPs whistling loudly, while the president was giving his state of the nation address.
The long-awaited speech was cut short when parliamentarians began to whistle on Thursday, making the National Assembly Speaker to throw some members of parliament out of the chamber.
The speaker Justin Muturi asked Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi out of the chambers alongside other trouble-making MPs who started obstructing the president’s speech just minutes after he began the address.
People who were thrown out include ODM national chairman John Mbadi, Ruaraka MP TJ Kajwang, Homa Bay woman representative Gladys Wanga, Homa Bay Senator Moses Kajwang, Mbita MP Millie Odhiambo, Nyando MP Fred Outa and Dagoretti North MP Simba Arati.
Due to the consistent blowing of the whistle at different times, the irked speaker Muturi declared a standing order that the President shall be heard in silence before walking a handful out of the chamber.
The Justice said:
“It will be disorderly for any member to disrupt the speech of the president, as you know any breach will guarantee punishment as per the standing orders.”
National Assembly Majority leader Aden Duale had earlier revealed that opposition party was making a plot to ruin the address, cautioning that complete silence was required.
Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka had advised president Uhuru not to attend the address, saying that his governance has failed both politicians and overall Kenyans for the strings of corruption cases, ethnicity, and stealing it has seen in the last 3 years.
Meanwhile Kenyans have been advising the president on Twitter on issues to bring to focus. One Twitter user asked President Uhuru to talk about unemployment against Jubilee’s pre-election campaign with some targeting opposition.
Other users raised the issue of deep-rooted corruption linking super wigs in Uhuru’s government , noting no case has been finalised.
Here Are Some That Caught Our Attention:
Kenya's opposition is sleeping on the job. Every reaction is an opportunity for power grab not true accountability. Do better #SOTN2016
— ORE B.T (@BeasunshineA) March 31, 2016
What is #SOTN2016 for if it has nothing to do with the the state of its people. Poor & hungry while my president sings lullaby to looters.
— Gibson Maina (@GGwaGhetto) March 31, 2016
— Shaffie Weru (@ShaffieWeru) March 31, 2016