Nairobi Senator Edwin Sifuna has announced that he will not attend President William Ruto’s State of the Nation Address, which is scheduled for today, November 9.’
In a post on the X platform, the legislator expressed concerns about the President’s ability to present an accurate picture of the country’s current situation.
“Ruto cannot be trusted to paint the true picture of the State of the Nation which as you know is dire. I cannot sit quietly listening to lies.” the post in part read.
Sifuna went on to say that Parliamentary standing orders require that the Head of State’s address be received in complete silence.
Given his concerns about potential misinformation, Sifuna expressed his reluctance to sit in attendance and silently endure what he perceives to be a dishonest portrayal of the state of the nation.
“For these reasons and out of respect for the institution of Parliament I shall not attend the state of the nation address,” he added.
Ruto will deliver his first State of the Nation address since taking office in September last year, speaking to a joint Parliamentary sitting of both the National Assembly and the Senate.