Event to mark end of pomp, glamour
Members of the National Assembly in the debating chambers. Thursday will be the first time that the House will be listening to the country’s taxation measures, fiscal and monetary policy decisions, not as National Assembly, but as a committee. When the Cabinet Secretary for the National Treasury Henry Rotich walks into the National Assembly’s debating chambers on Thursday to read a statement on the national budget, it will be a day of many firsts.
If President Kenyatta misses the sitting, it will also be the first time under the new Constitution that a sitting President will miss the reading of the Budget. State House had not responded to requests of information about whether President Kenyatta will attend the reading of the spending and revenue plan.
On Wednesday, there was also no evidence in Parliament that the Head of State was expected. President Kibaki set a precedent in June 2010, when he became the first President in Kenya to miss the reading of the Budget, when he left the country for South Africa to attend the opening ceremony of the World Cup.
That was before the repeal of the old Constitution and consequent promulgation of a new one two months later. The chairman of the Budget and Appropriations Committee will be the key man in the House, because he is slated to preside over this afternoon’s sitting.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at The Daily Nation