Parliament must transact business despite heightened political temperatures
Council of Governors (CoG) chairman Josphat Nanok has maintained that Parliament must conduct its affairs despite sharp political temperatures prevailing in the country.
Nanok who is also the Turkana County governor said the Senate and National Assembly have a Constitutional mandate to conduct business irrespective of what is happening in the Executive arm of government.
Nanok spoke Tuesday at Shamanei village, Laikipia County when he condoled with family of the area governor Nderitu Muriithi following the demise of his mother Elizabeth Mumbi Muriithi last week.
He told the press that Parliament is a critical institution in unblocking stalemates to ensure the country runs smoothly.
The Turkana Governor posed “who will unclog a constitutional crisis in case it happens after the October 17 repeat presidential election if not Parliament”.
The county boss was responding to a question following threats by the NASA legislators to boycott the official opening of the first session of the 12th Parliament by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Nanok dismissed the threat as inconsequential stressing that President Uhuru remains the Head of State until a new president is sworn in.
“President Uhuru remains as the President until a new one is sworn in,” he said.
His sentiments were echoed by Laikipia County governor Nderitu Muriithi who noted that Parliament is legally and constitutionally constituted adding that businesses must be transacted with or without a section of legislators.
The CoG at the same time warned nurses who are on strike to resume their duties or risk the sack.
“Let them return to work as we continue to engage in addressing their Collective Bargaining Agreement to have an amicable solution,” he said.
By Mwangi Gaitha