Friday, December 6, 2013

Mwashetani sworn in back to House at night

PHOTO | FILE Lunga Lunga MP Khatib Mwashetani celebrates with his supporters outside Malindi Law Courts soon after the Court of Appeal declared that he was validly elected. Mr MWashetani was sworn in back into the National Assembly on Thursday, 5th December at night.

PHOTO | FILE Lunga Lunga MP Khatib Mwashetani celebrates with his supporters outside Malindi Law Courts soon after the Court of Appeal declared that he was validly elected. Mr MWashetani was sworn in back into the National Assembly on Thursday, 5th December at night.  NATION

By JOHN NGIRACHU
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Khatib Abdalla Mwashetani, the reinstated MP for Lunga Lunga constituency, was sworn in back into the National Assembly on Thursday night.

Mr Mwashetani took the oath at 11.30pm on the last day of Parliament’s sittings for the year.

A technical change that had Speaker Justin Muturi declare that Parliament was sitting on a new day enabled Mr Mwashetani to take the oath administered as the first order of business at the start of any sitting.

ADJUSTMENT

The adjustment was made to allow the National Assembly to consider and eventually approve the deployment of the Kenya Defence Forces to Marsabit, West Pokot, Turkana and Samburu.

But the new day only lasted barely 30 minutes as Mr Mwashetani was sworn in, the deployment was approved and the adjournment motion which allowed the House to gather next on February 11, 2014 was handled.

Mr Mwashetani is not the first MP to take the oath late into the night. When the 10th Parliament met for the first time on January 15, 2008, the oath for the MPs was administered late into the night.

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