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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,6TH DEC 2017-The National Super Alliance NASA says plans to swear in its leader Raila Odinga are still on course.This is according to Odinga’s adviser Salim Lone.
Through a statement Lone denied claims that the ceremony set for December 12 was illegal, saying the oath will help prevent further polarisation in the country by giving Kenyans hope for electoral justice denied them under the electoral commission.
Mr Lone added that It will also be a major boost for the people’s assemblies to push for economic and justice issues in the country.
He further said that Mr Odinga is open to dialogue but such must be between equals as was the case in 2008 between President Mwai Kibaki and Mr Odinga.
However, he said, the talks must have an agreed agenda, which should also include electoral justice.
Lone also revealed that Odinga has always been open to a dialogue as it was the case even before this election he sought it to ensure that it would be credibly done, but there was no interest in the dialogue nor in holding an honest election.
“He has repeatedly indicated his willingness to enter into a dialogue even now, if it is held between equals,” Mr Lone said.
This comes even as United States urged the opposition leader to call off the planned swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday, saying the move would polarise the country further.
Donald Yamamoto, an official with the US government’s Bureau of African Affairs, on Tuesday indicated that defiant individuals may face unspecified sanctions from President Donald Trump’s administration.
However Mr Lone said the country was already polarised as a result of flawed electoral processes in August and October.
Mr added that Mr Odinga was committed to pursuing constitutional and peaceful means for resolving issues and crimes against Kenyans including the brutal torture and killing of IEBC Information and Technology chief Chris Msando and the killing of unarmed Kenyans during the electioneering period.