Finally! It looks like the opposition alliance has come to their senses since they have called off the treasonous, controversial swearing-in of their leader Raila Odinga.
The ceremony was scheduled to take place tomorrow, Tuesday, December 12, 2017.
It has, however, now been called off with one of NASA’s principals, Musalia Mudavadi, saying the alliance has chosen to look for another date for the swearing-in as well as for the launching of the people’s assembly.
Speaking in a press conference at Okoa Kenya offices on Sunday, Mudavadi read a statement saying:
“Following extensive internal consultations and engagement with a wide range of national and international interlocutors, the NASA leadership wishes to advise the NASA fraternity and the general public that the swearing in of Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka as President and Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya, and the launch of The People’s Assembly scheduled for Tuesday 12 December have been postponed to a later date.”
“We shall be announcing the new dates of both the swearing-in ceremony and the launch of the People’s Assembly as well as a more vigorous and prolonged resistance in the coming days.”
“We wish to thank the Government and people of Mombasa County who had graciously offered to host the event. Thank you very much Mombasa,” added Mudavadi.
Pressure has been mounting on Mr. Odinga to stop his controversial swearing-in with both allies and adversaries warning against it.
It was reported that even the former Prime Minister’s wife, Ida, as well as other business and religious leaders in the country, were also against it.
Western diplomats led by American ambassador Robert Godec had also played a role in dissuading him.
The swearing-in cancellation statement, however, went on to assure NASA supporters that it would continue to push for electoral justice in Kenya despite the setbacks.
“We are aware that this will be a disappointment to the people of Kenya who were eagerly waiting for this occasion. We wish to assure them that our resolve has not changed. Specifically, we wish to reiterate that any national dialogue must have electoral justice on the agenda. We are not interested in sharing illegitimate dictatorial power.”
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The press conference was not attended by Raila but a host of other opposition leaders were present including Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula and Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana.
With this announcement, Kenya can now collectively breathe a sigh of relief although the opposition’s ardent supporters will be asking many questions about the decision to back down – and the reasons for it.