Wetangula hosts Ruto for lunch at parliament canteen
By Joshua Cheloti
National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetangula on Wednesday, October 5, 2022, hosted President William Ruto for lunch.
Ruto had made a surprise visit to parliament buildings.
“Had the pleasure of hosting H.E. President @WilliamsRuto who dropped by the Members’ canteen at Parliament for lunch,” the former Bungoma Senator said in a post on his verified Twitter handle.
He also shared photos of the President while at the Parliament.
Wetangula welcomed the President’s visit, noting that it provided a platform for consultations on various issues.
The Speaker is the head of one of the arms of the legislative arm of government alongside the Senate speaker, with the President being the Head of the Executive.
“Regular consultations between the Legislature and the Executive will provide opportunities for diverse voices to be heard on issues that matter to the citizenry,” Wetangula said.
Ruto’s parliament visit was however faulted by some of the Azimio-allied legislators.
Deputy Minority whip in the Senate Ledama Olekina said the Head of State’s actions suggested he favours a parliamentary system of government that was contained in the controversial Building Bridges Initiative.
Ruto was opposed to BBI which the courts later ruled unconstitutional.
The Narok Senator however says if Ruto wanted a parliamentary system, he should work on implementing BBI.
“I strongly believe that the President of Kenya @WilliamsRuto wants a parliamentary system of Government. Why is he in parliament right now? Let’s just implement BBI and change this thing once and for all,” Olekina said.
Currently, Kenya operates under the presidential system where the President is the head of both the state and government.
But in a parliamentary system that BBI had proposed, there would have been a President, elected by the people who is the Head of State and the Prime Minister that heads the government based on his/her greatest representation in parliament.