– The State of the Nation address is delivered by the president to a special seating of both national assembly and senate
– The aim is for the president to address pressing national issues and strides made by government.
– An influential member of CORD has said the opposition will this year boycott the address and instead hold a parallel function
An ODM official has said that the opposition coalition CORD will hold a parallel State of the Nation address if and when Uhuru Kenyatta holds one this year.
Gladys Wanga who is ODM Homa bay chairperson claimed that the opposition will not seat through Uhuru’s address too be lied to on how the Jubilee administration has made progress in the country.
“This year we are not going to seat and listen to the State of the Nation address of lies from the president in fact we are going to hold a parallel State of the Nation address,” she said at a function in Homa Bay.
She took a swipe at all the cabinet secretaries who she accused of lying to Kenyans that the government has made progress yet there is nothing to show.
The opposition has been taking every opportunity to accuse the Jubilee government of failing to deliver on campaign promises with only a year left to the next General Election in 2017.
Under the current constitution, the State of the Nation is usually delivered by the president to a special seating of both national assembly and senate with the president highlighting progress made by his regime and pressing national issues.
In 2015, the address was held on March, 26 with Uhuru Kenyatta talking tough on corruption and apologized to Kenyans on all the past wrongs committed by past regimes.
The State of the Nation address is a requirement under Article 132 of the constitution which provides for the Head of State to address Parliament once a year to inform the nation of progress made in realization of national values and principles of governance, the country’s international obligation and in national security.
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