He said the refurbishment of the chamber at a cost of Kshs 8 billion, demonstrates his government’s desire to facilitate senators to discuss matters that concern devolution in a conducive environment.
“Democracy is expensive but it is our responsibility to ensure it flourishes,” said the President.
The chamber was first built in 1952. After the last general elections, members of the Senate held their sessions in different buildings while refurbishments work was going on.
National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi, who is the chairperson of the Parliamentary Service Commission, said although senators briefly experienced discomfort as the rehabilitation work was ongoing, the commission is committed to creating a favourable environment for them to work.
Senate Speaker Ekwe Ethuro thanked President Kenyatta for gracing the occasion, noting that the opening of the chamber demonstrates his commitment to devolution. (PSCU)