President William Ruto will preside over the official joint opening of the 13th bicameral parliament, next week on Thursday held at the National Assembly Chamber.
A joint notice by Speakers of the National Assembly and Senate, Moses Wetangula and Amason Kingi respectively stated that Ruto will preside over the opening of the session with Senators and MPs expected to congregate in the Assembly chambers as notified.
“Following a notification by the President, the Speaker of the National Assembly and the Speaker of the Senate have scheduled a joint sitting of the houses of Parliament to take place on Thursday 29th September 2022 commencing at 2:30 p.m for purposes of opening of the 13th Parliament,” read part of the notice
The statement also noted that the directives were as per the constitution under the Article 132(1) of the Constitution, Standing Order 22(2) of the National Assembly and Standing Order 25(2) of the Senate, require the Speakers of the Houses of Parliament to notify members of the place, date and time of the joint sitting
“All members of Parliament and the general public are hereby notified that the opening of the thirteenth Parliament shall be held at the National Assembly Chamber, main parliament buildings,” the notice stated.
The Parliament convention will prompt the two houses to elect respective leaders and commence placement of MPs and Senators in respective committees of the houses.
The communication comes as MPs and Senators conclude their week long inductions today at the Safari Park hotel while the Senators at Sawela lodge in Naivasha for their conference under the theme; “Understanding The Mandate of the Senate and Strengthening Devolution Through Legislative Agenda”.