Jubilee majority not enough for an impeachment vote: Wetangula
Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula has hit back at President Uhuru Kenyatta’s claims that Raila Odinga will be impeached by Jubilee MPs if he is elected, saying that the ruling coalition does not have the two thirds majority in both Houses as required by the Constitution.
Speaking during a press conference at Capitol Hill in Nairobi County, Wetangula dismissed the President Kenyatta’s utterances which he termed recklesss.
“The process of impeaching a president starts from the National Assembly. If they have a two thirds of the vote then it goes to the Senate for a full trial. When that trial is concluded and the House finds the president guilty of the charges then a two thirds majority can seal the impeachment. But in this case what are the charges that President Kenyatta has on Raila?” asked Wetangula.
The Bungoma senator said that that NASA lawmakers will boycott President Kenyatta’s address to Parliament on Tuesday, insisting that the President does not have the powers to address the joint Parliament.
“The President does not have the powers to convene or schedule the opening of a new Parliament. This is as it should be under the doctrine of separation of powers and the independence and the exercise of the legislative authority,” Wetangula said.
Wetangula said the function awaits the president who will assume office after being sworn in by the Chief Justice upon taking the oath of office as provided for by the constitution.
The NASA principals remarks were made hours after President Kenyatta said Jubilee would make it impossible for Raila to govern the country if he wins the fresh poll on October 17 by impeaching him.
“Tell me now, how will Raila govern the country if he is elected. In my last term, we had a problem passing Bills in the Senate because of the balance in the number of senators. Now we have a majority and we can impeach him after two or three months,” said President Kenyatta.
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