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President Ruto to address Parliament’s joint sitting after US trip

By Kevin Cheruiyot September 23rd, 2022 2 min read

President William Ruto is set to address the Parliament on Thursday, September 29 following notification to both the Speakers.

In a circular seen by the Nairobi News signed by National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetangula, and his Senate counterpart Amason Kingi, the joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament will commence at 2:30 pm.

“Now, therefore, all Members of Parliament and the general public are hereby notified that the Opening of the Thirteenth Parliament shall be held in the National assembly Chamber, main Parliament Buildings, Nairobi.”

This will commence the sitting of the 13th Parliament following the swearing-in, and induction of both Members of Parliament.

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President Joe Biden, Kenyan President William Ruto and First Lady Rachel Ruto.
FIRST MEETING: US President Joe Biden, Kenyan President William Ruto and First Lady Rachel Ruto. PHOTO | COURTESY

According to Article 132(1) of the Constitution of Kenya states about the Functions of the President, which is to address the opening of each newly elected Parliament.

The constitution also says that the president shall address a special sitting of Parliament once every year, and may address Parliament at any other time; and once every year.

The president shall report, in an address to the nation, on all the measures taken and the progress achieved in the realisation of the national values.

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Also, publish in the gazette the details of the measures and progress under sub-paragraph, and submit a report for debate to the National Assembly on the progress made in fulfilling the international obligations of the republic.

This also comes as the country expects the president to name his cabinet after a state function visit to both the UK and the US, where he met several world leaders, more so during the concluded UN General Assembly meeting in New York.

President Ruto also met with the US leaders, including President Joe Biden where they discussed strengthening the partnership between Kenya and the US in his administration.

Also, during the trip, the president urged American businesses to consider investing in Kenya.

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