Even as Members of Parliament took Oath of Office at Parliament on Thursday, one terminology on the Oath presented a headache to a majority of them.
Most legislators evidently struggled to pronounce the word ‘conscientiously’, and when some pronounced it as ‘Consciously’, others fumbled through it and others opted for the Kiswahili version to avoid the attention-drawing word. There were other who also got stuck on arriving at the word while reciting the oath and a few repeated it for a number of times to get it right.
In the senate, veteran legislators led by Busia Senator Amos Wako was the first to take the oath followed by George Khaniri (Vihiga), James Orengo (Siaya) and Yusuf Haji (Garissa) were allowed to take their oath first.
Others were nominated Senator Beth Mugo, Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula and Baringo Senator Gideon Moi.
Their oath states, “I, (insert name), Having been elected a member of the Senate, I do swear in the name of the almighty God that I will bear through faith and allegiance to the people of the Republic of Kenya. That I will obey, respect, uphold, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of Kenya and that I will faithfully and conscientiously discharge the duties of a Member of Parliament, so help me God.”
Sixty-seven senators were sworn — 47 were elected and 20 nominated by political parties. In the National Assembly, 348 MPs took oath of office.
Former Bungoma Governor, Ken Lusaka was elected the Senate speaker, while Justin Muturi retained his National Assembly speaker seat.