Odinga’s swearing in plans are on course ,Says NASA as US advises against move

NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga addresses a rally in Kiambu-COURTESY

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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.

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