During his second-last State of the Nation address to the Joint Parliamentary Sitting on Tuesday, November 30, the president bashed the Judiciary for slamming brakes on the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).
In his address, President Uhuru said the decision by the Judiciary to shoot down the BBI document on account that it was unconstitutional saying by doing so; the courts punished Kenyans by failing to seize a ‘Constitutional moment.’
But speaking at the Parliament precincts shortly after President Uhuru’s two-hour State of the Nation Address, former National Assembly leader Aden Duale took a swipe at the first in command saying that it was wrong for Uhuru to use the floor of the house to attack the Judiciary.
“The president cannot use the State of the Nation Address to attack the Judiciary. He kept on lamenting about BBI, BBI is dead,” Duale said.
According to Duale, the Head of State in his 260-page speech violated article 132 of the Constitution of Kenya 2010 by directly condemning judges who were sitting at the Speakers’ gallery.
“So I think the president, in my opinion, did not comply with article 132 of the constitution because it is very clear that the president must address on three issues; the fulfillment of our international obligation, issues of national values and national security,” Duale said.
President Uhuru however hinted at revisiting the stalled BBI initiative commonly referred to as ‘Reggae’ to recoup the benefits the country stood to gain.
“The only question is what we should do with the constitution moment? That is the national question before us,
“For that reason, that which did not happen in BBI shall happen,” the President said.