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Uhuru Kenyatta's address in Parliament disrupted by whistling MPs

By Judy Nguta | March 31st 2016

Nairobi: President Uhuru Kenyatta’s State of the Nation address Thursday was disrupted as a section of MPs blew whistles in the House.

The whistles were blown just as the President was standing to begin is annual address.

Speaker Justin Muturi was forced to intervene to restore order in the chambers by reading to the members the Standing Orders.

He reminded the legislators of the House Standing orders which expressly provide that the President must be heard in silence during the State of the Nation address.

Muturi asked members who were not ready to listen to the address to withdraw from the House.

When Uhuru rose to make the address after the 30 minute disruption the whistling resumed.

Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi, Millie Odhiambo (Mbita), Simba Arati (Dagoretti North), John Mbadi (Suba) Gladys Wanga (Homa Bay) and Senator Moses Kajwang (Homa Bay) were ordered out of the House for causing disruption.

Earlier in the day, Jubilee had warned Opposition MPs against attempts to disrupting the speech by the President.

Uhuru’s speech addresses, among other issues, the state of the economy, security and the progress made in advancing the country's national values enumerated in Chapter 10 of the Constitution.

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