President Uhuru Kenyatta has met the political leadership of both the National Assembly and the Senate to discuss the government agenda. The Saturday, October 17 meeting was held at the State House in Nairobi and was also attended by committee chairperson in both Houses.
A statement from the State House spokesperson Kanze Dena confirmed the meeting was necessary for the president to get to know the new parliamentary leadership teams. The Senate leadership was led by Speaker Ken Lusaka, Majority Leader Samuel Poghisio, Majority Whip Irungu Kang’ata, and Minority Leader James Orengo.
The meeting also coincided with the pending release of the second Building Bridges Initiative report that was expected to feature prominently in Uhuru’s meeting. Both the president and ODM leader Raila Odinga are keen to whip their allies into supporting the BBI report which will pave way for a referendum.
“I expect the meeting to focus on how best to work together to push the government legislative agenda,” Lusaka had said on Thursday, October 15, when they were summoned. Kang’ata who is also the Murang’a senator said the summit would take stock of the gains made so far in enacting state’s policies.
“The government is happy with the good work done by Senate in the last four months; we have processed a record 10 Bills including County Attorney Bill, County Revenue Appropriation Bill, and County Government Amendment Bill. We have entered into a historical deal where counties will get an extra KSh 50 billion. I expect that we will discuss how to ensure government business flows in the House without a hitch,” he said.