Order. Hon. Members! It is now time for us to be led in prayer by our Spiritual Leaders.
Your Excellency, hon. Members, distinguished guests, Ladies and gentlemen, it is my pleasant duty and exclusive honour to welcome you to Parliament Buildings on this auspicious occasion of the State Opening of the Third Session of the Tenth Parliament. This ceremony is taking place at a most momentous time in the life history of our country. First, the Coalition Government credited with reclaiming tranquility in our motherland is besieged with apparent unhealthy intrigue that sometimes threatens to overshadow the tenets of governance that we are all about. Allow me, hon. Members, to at the very outset, capture the irony of the time by asserting that we all enjoy the rare privilege of an opportunity to make history that only a chosen few are lucky to have, to make an immortal positive difference. History is beckoning at us to go into its annals as that generation of politicians that rose to the national challenge that the citizenry of Kenya expect of a people they have placed their trust in, by your election, to demonstrate the extra ordinary leadership that this extra ordinary times demand. As an institution, Parliament has been under incessant attack for more than one reason by, among others, our veritable partner in governance the âFourth Estateâ. This is because we were elected to lead, reform, and make Kenya a great country. What is coming through, therefore, is a potent message that after one and a quarter years, Kenyans are hungry for a win; they want to see entries on the scorecard. They are not prepared to wait infinitely. We must, therefore, rise to the occasion. We must move away from sideshows, small talk and stop hitting below the belt to gain unfair advantage, or for that matter, start fresh battles. We owe it to the country to embrace each other and collectively join together and show our ability to weather all storms threatening our nationality or territorial integrity such as the Migingo saga.
Hon. Members, it is time to act our patriotism and love for this country, so that we illustrate our stoicism to the rest of the world as we have done before, show that strong winds may blow and break our branches, bend our trunks, but our roots in the Kenyan soil remain strong, steady, firm and solidly anchored. We cannot be uprooted. This is the time that we must subordinate our partisan or parochial interests to the national interest and be bold to face the problems afflicting our country and commit ourselves to their resolution in the most diligent, objective and honourable manner. We should be forever mindful that the Kenya that unites us is infinitely greater than our respective partisan loyalties that divide us. At the risk of belabouring the point, I want to proclaim that this is the time that Kenyans must go out of their way to protect each otherâs dignity and emulate the spirit our sportsmen and sportswomen have demonstrated in athletics, rugby and cricket, winning for Kenya accolades and respect the world over. If we were a country of small people with little brains and weak muscles, we would not have made this global and world record breaking achievements.
Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to join fellow hon. Members and Kenyans on the occasion of this State Opening of the Third Session of the Tenth Parliament. I welcome you back after a busy recess in your constituencies. This occasion comes at a time when in the past year, the Government and the people of Kenya have faced various challenges in their endeavor to create a more peaceful, prosperous and equitable country. You will recall that soon after the formation of the Grand Coalition Government, the country was faced with a crisis of 600,000 displaced persons. Half of them spent months in tents under very difficult conditions. They all had to be fed by the State, charitable organizations and development partners. The other half was
Leader of Government Business!
Leader of Government Business, you may now proceed to give Notice of Motion.
Mr. Speaker, Sir, I beg to give notice of the following Motion: - THAT, the thanks of this House be recorded for the exposition of public policy contained in His Excellencyâs Presidential Address from the Chair on Tuesday, 21st April, 2009.
Hon. Members, His Excellency the President shall now leave at his pleasure. I request all hon. Members to remain standing until the hon. judges and spiritual leaders leave the Chamber.
Hon. Members, it is now time to adjourn the business of the House. The House stands adjourned until tomorrow, Wednesday, 22nd April 2009 at 9.00 a.m.
The House rose at 4.00 p.m.