Raila Odinga Impeachment – President Uhuru Kenyatta has said that the Jubilee Party will impeach the opposition leader within three months if he wins the repeat presidential election.
Uhuru made the remarks on Monday while speaking during a meeting with a section of Kamba leaders at State House, Nairobi. He noted that he and DP William Ruto’s Jubilee Party has the numbers.
He noted that he and DP William Ruto’s Jubilee Party has the numbers both in the National Assembly and the Senate.
“Tell me now if Raila is elected how will he govern the country? In the last Senate as the ruling party, we had problems because we could not pass Bills because of the balance in the number of senators, now we have the majority to even change the Constitution,” said President Kenyatta.
On August 17, it was projected that Jubilee Party will be the most dominant single party in the National Assembly with 141 MPs and 26 woman representatives. The ruling party, however, needs nine more MPs to make the majority in the 12th Parliament, a balance expected to come from friendly parties as well as nominated legislators.
Uhuru noted that Parliamentary sittings could take place with or without MPs in the National Super Alliance.
The opposition MPs have they will stage a “mass no-show” in Parliament when Uhuru addresses a joint sitting of the bicameral House on Tuesday.
Minority whip-designate Opiyo Wandayi led calls to “empty-chair” Uhuru, saying they cannot sit and listen to a lame-duck President.
“We as members of NASA, and myself for that matter, find it politically untenable to sit in Parliament and listen to a person against whom my party leader is competing,” he said.
The president responded to the planned boycott saying it will not make any difference. He said he will open the parliament and start passing bills in their absence.
“The people who will lose are the people you represent because their issues will not be articulated.”
Uhuru is scheduled to deliver a speech to members of the National Assembly and the Senate in his official opening of the 12th Parliament as required by the Constitution.
Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua who was among the Kamba leaders in attendance, threw his weight behind President Kenyatta’s re-election, saying he is the best choice for the country.
Other notable meeting attendees include Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, Kitui East MP Nimrod Mbai, Kitui South MP Rachael Nyamai, Machakos Town MP Victor Munyaka, Yatta MP Charles Kilonzo, former Kitui Senator David Musila, former Mwingi Central MP Joe Mutambu and former Kilome MP Regina Ndambuki.