Kenyan President Jomo Kenyatta arrived at the National Assembly in Nairobi on Tuesday (8 June) to open the second session of Parliament.
GV Motorcade heading for parliament buildings
SV Speaker of Kenyan parliament, Mr. Mati
SV President Kenyatta arrives and greeted by Vice President Moi, the Speaker and General Mulinge, Kenyan Army Commander
GV Guard of honour presents arms
SV Kenyatta inspects guard of honour (2 shots)
GV Official party led by President Kenyatta and Speaker approach parliament
GV INT Official party walking along corridor
Although unrest over the Kenyan Government's handling of the murder investigation into the death of Mr. Kariuki, continues, criticism against the government has been muted in recent months. There have been claims by government opponents of tough new action against critics. One of the main organisations used, it is alleged, is the General Service Unit which is under the direct control of the government. The unit was linked to the killing of Mr. Kariuki by the parliamentary investigation. President Kenyatta has declared that "destructive elements" would not be allowed to use parliament as a platform to "meddle with the smooth functioning of the government".
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Background: Kenyan President Jomo Kenyatta arrived at the National Assembly in Nairobi on Tuesday (8 June) to open the second session of Parliament.
SYNOPSIS: The state opening came during the African Regional Commonwealth Parliamentary Association conference in Nairobi. The Speaker of the Kenyan Parliament, Mr. Frederick Mati, Kenyan Vice President, Mr. Daniel Moi, and Kenyan Army commander, Major General, J.K. Mulinge, welcomed President Kenyatta to Parliament. During the Parliamentary Association conference, much of the discussion has been on whether democracy can survive in Africa. And critics of the Kenyan Government have also questioned whether its style of parliamentary government will be allowed to continue.
Reuters quoted Government opponents as claiming President Kenyatta headed an administration which dealt harshly with its critics. There have also been allegations of widespread corruption, and of a government giving an impression of democracy where non actually exists. The real power, it's claimed, lies outside parliament. The government has rejected the allegations and demanded proof. However, Mr. Josiah Kariuki, one of Kenya's leading opposition Members of Parliament, was murdered last year. And top police officers and other senior officials were named in a parliamentary committee investigation into the killing. The report caused a sensation. Then, last October, the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Mr. J.M. Seroney and another parliamentarian, Mr. Martin Shikuku, were.........arrested for alleged attacks on the government.