President Uhuru Kenyatta cracked ribs in the National Assembly as he read his 8th State of the Nation address. At some point, the Head of State, who read a 2-hour-long speech, exclaimed that he was also worn out and was trying to summarize the address.
“Najaribu kukata kata jameni, ata mimi nimechoka,” the President said amid laughter from lawmakers drawn from both houses of the bicameral legislature.
While reacting to the President’s speech, Garrisa Town MP Aden Duale posited that the handlers of the Head of State should have considered giving him a summarized speech.
Elgeyo Marakwet senator Kipchumba Murkomen was also of the same opinion, stating that Parliament should pass a law that sets a maximum time that future presidents take in their State of the Nation address.
“Parliament should pass law to set the maximum time that future Presidents will take in the State of the Nation Address,” he said.
Uhuru’s State of the Nation address was graced by the Deputy President William Ruto, ODM leader Raila Odinga, ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi, Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka and dignitaries from the other arms of government.