Opposition maintains dialogue is key, insists on plans to 'swear-in' Raila
17 Dec 2017 01:00
National Super Alliance (NASA) will tomorrow hold a strategy meeting on the way forward as it emerged plans to swear-in its leaders Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka before the end of the year were underway. The meeting in the North Coast will bring together opposition governors, the steering committee and key leaders. NASA CEO Norman Magaya confirmed that the plan to swear-in Raila was on course. He said NASA will not allow the false sense of normalcy perpetuated by the Jubilee administration to prevail. “It certainly cannot go beyond 2017, and so we are talking of this happening within the next 10 days or so. We have to end the culture of electoral impunity once and for all and in this year,” Magaya said. He said once Raila is sworn-in, he will proceed to implement the NASA manifesto for the next five years. If he is stopped, NASA will resort to the right for self-determination. “It’s either democracy or self-determination.” Kalonzo, who will jet into the country on Monday morning after close to two months of absence is expected to attend. The Wiper leader has been attending to his ailing wife Pauline, who is hospitalised in Germany. Raila flew to the Coast on Friday and has been holding private meetings with leaders in the region ahead of the Monday meeting. NASA canceled plans to swear-in him on December 12, attracting the fury of supporters who accused the opposition leaders of taking them for a ride. It later emerged that arrangements to swear-in the opposition leader in Mombasa had been completed. National Assembly Minority Whip and Suna East MP Junet Mohamed said the swearing-in was suspended to give room to talks and prove to Kenyans that the opposition had good intentions. “We did not call off the event. We only gave an opportunity to dialogue. We, however, are noticing that Jubilee are still in an ivory tower and thinks that Kenyans have moved on,” said Junet. He added: “The postponement of Raila’s swearing-in was just a lull before the storm. Our plans are still intact and we must liberate this country. The leadership will discuss ways on how to deal with the issues on a common front at the Coast.” By last evening, sources close to Kalonzo could not confirm his itinerary but said he was likely to attend the strategy meeting. In the last couple of days, there have squabbles and confusion within the coalition over parliamentary slots and the swearing-in plan. The national organising committee announced the resumption of the Peoples’ Assembly process to inspire confidence among their supporters. The deferment of the launch of the People’s Assembly was criticised by NASA supporters who termed the decision an act of cowardice as the committee led by strategist David Ndii insisted the inaugural session of the assembly will be preceded by regional consultative forums. Ndii’s said they would start a series of meetings across the country after more than 10 counties passed the Peoples’ Assembly motion, with the national one ...
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