NASA postpones planned swearing-in of Raila, Kalonzo

December 10, 2017 6:54 pm
Opposition leaders Raila Odinga and Musalia Mudavadi share a laugh/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 10 – The National Super Alliance has postponed   the swearing-in of leader Raila Odinga that was set for Tuesday this week.

NASA principal Musalia Mudavadi says the decision was taken following internal and international consultations.

Mudavadi however says the resolve to swear-in Odinga has not changed urging supporters to remain vigilant.

“We will announce the new date at a later time, we will also announce new resistance measures soon,” he explained.

According to the coalition’s organising committee, the inauguration of Raila and Kalonzo Musyoka is constitutional and legal in all regards.

NASA in a press briefing held on Saturday clarified that the only issue was where they would swear-in Musyoka.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the People’s Assemblies Organising Committee Jared Maaka Siso said one of the options they are considering is swearing-in Kalonzo as Deputy President outside the country.

He stated that the coalition is in consultation to see to it that the Wiper Party leader is sworn-in.

Last week, NASA unveiled the People’s Assembly roadmap that they say will lead to a fresh election in the first quarter of 2018, a culmination of a series of milestones that the coalition has been pushing.

Speaking at Okoa Kenya during the official unveiling of the roadmap, Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Executive Director Oduor Ong’wen said the end game of the People’s Assembly will be to push for a fresh, free and fair election within the first half of 2018 or pursue avenues for self-determination for those who believe in democratic constitutionalism.

He also raised an alarm accusing companies, he did not name, of profiting from bad governance at the expense of democracy and the people.

According to Ong’wen, the People’s Assembly will be held at two levels – county level and national level – with the Constitutive Assembly being held on December 12.

Among the milestones that have been achieved so far towards the People’s Assembly objectives according to NASA include consultations with key stakeholders, the successful drafting and sharing of the People’s Assembly motion with county assemblies, tabling and adoption of motions in the county assemblies.

So far, 12 County Assemblies have passed the motion even as the Attorney General Githu Muigai said by passing the motion, the Assemblies have in effect handed the power awarded to them by the electorate back to the people.

The mini Council of the People’s Assembly which was recently held at Maanzoni Lodge and the establishment of the organising committee forms a crucial part of the roadmap according to NASA.


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