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BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,10TH DEC 2017-The National Super Alliance (NASA) has postponed the ‘swearing in’ of opposition leader Raila Odinga that was planned for Tuesday next week, December 12.
In the announcement made at a press conference at Okoa Kenya offices on Sunday evening , NASA co-principal Musalia Mudavadi said the opposition would announce a new date for the swearing-in and launch of the people’s assembly later.
Mudavadi says that the decision was arrived at following extensive consultation with various parties both within and outside the Coalition.
“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,” said the statement.
“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, disclosing, for the first-time, that the ‘inauguration’ of Odinga was set to take place in the coastal city, a perceived opposition stronghold.
The opposition assured its supporters that it would continue pushing for electoral justice in the country, despite calling off the ‘swearing-in’ plans.
“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,” said Mudavadi.
He added: “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”.
The move comes on a day the coalition was to announce the venue for Adinga’s swearing in .On Saturday NASA leader Raila Odinga while condoling the family of the late Kitui West MP Francis Nyenze had revealed that the coalition would inform its supporters and the general public the venue on Sunday.
Sources reveal that the absence of NASA’s co-principal Kalonzo Musyoka who has been in Germany attending to his sick wife majorly contributed to the decision.
Various groups including religious leaders,and several opinion leaders have been piling Pressure on Mr. Odinga not to proceed with his swearing-in amid security fears in the country.