Raila swearing-in delayed as Kalonzo says ‘still consulting’

January 30, 2018 12:22 pm
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Musyoka has since his return from Germany earlier this month, maintained that the treasonable action – in the eyes of government – would only be taken as a last resort/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 30 – The highly publicised swearing-in of Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka was delayed Tuesday after the former VP told reporters outside his home that they were, “still in consultation.”

Musyoka has since his return from Germany earlier this month, maintained that the treasonable action – in the eyes of government – would only be taken as a last resort.

“We don’t understand this panic,” the Opposition leader said in response to the Communications Authority shut down of broadcasting giants NTV, KTN and Citizen TV for airing the developments at the swearing-in ground, Uhuru Park, live.

“In the first instance we’re still consulting… we’re actually going into consultation right now.”

Musyoka has previously explained his hesitance to pull the trigger on the threatened swearing-in as informed by a concern for Kenya’s stability.

Odinga has on the other hand publicly differed with him on this point; stating that the time for dialogue had passed.

Musyoka has however stayed the course of pleading with President Uhuru Kenyatta to change his mind and agree to sit down with the Opposition group in the interest of electoral reform.

President Kenyatta had, even before his re-election on October 26, ruled out any possibility of talks with the National Super Alliance.

And when NASA threatened to swear-in Odinga and Musyoka, Attorney General Githu Muigai warned that the action would be treasonable.

NASA maintains that it won the annulled August 8, 2017 presidential election and last week, publicised what they touted as the real results of the poll; having accused the ruling party of altering, in their favour, the results captured in the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission’s servers.

Claims the IEBC through Acting Chair Connie Maina, have dismissed as manufactured.

It is on the basis of these ‘manufactured’ results that NASA intends to swear-in Odinga and Musyoka despite opposition even from the international community which views such an action as dangerous and illegal.

Last week Chief Justice David Maraga declined to pronounce himself on the matter; lest it be brought before the courts to adjudicate.

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