NASA leader Raila Odinga is scheduled to return back to the country on Thursday, November 16 from his week-long tour of the United States, to unveil a new action plan believed to strike a chord with key American politicians and bureaucrats.
The National Super Alliance principal and Senator for Bungoma, Moses Wetangula, has now revealed that Odinga is set to unveil a two-pronged strategy to force the Uhuru Kenyatta-led Jubilee Government into accepting reforms.
Nasa’s plans have received a huge boost as four of the 19 county assemblies it controls have adopted motions for creation of what it terms the People’s Assembly.
According to leaders of the Opposition, the US trip by their leader is part of a well-thought plan by the coalition to solidify its resistance and economic boycott plan that will come into full effect if the swearing-in of President Uhuru Kenyatta is approved by the Supreme Court.
“Raila has met everybody he programmed to meet in the US, and he is continuing to meet more. When he comes back, we will release a programme, an action plan going forward,” Wetangula told the Nation.
And to prepare ground for Raila’s triumphant return, the coalition will today (Sunday, November 12), hold a rally at Jacaranda Grounds in Nairobi to further push the Opposition’s message.
This even as Odinga whose fifth bid to be President was defeated at the ballot on October 26, pushes for a six-month interim government to oversee a credible poll that he says is the only way to achieve peace in the country. He is using the People’s Assemblies to achieve this.
“Everything you are seeing is deliberately thought through and is supposed to achieve specific expectations. We have constituted a special team that has been tasked with strategy, research and communication,” Former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale is quoted as saying with regards to the goings on in Nasa.
“We are walking a very thin line, we cannot afford to operate outside the Constitution. That is why our research team is constantly comparing strategies with the team for it to live within the law.”
Another Nasa principal – Musalia Mudavadi – yesterday hinted at plans to seek a referendum to change the Constitution to ensure electoral justice. In his own words, Nasa had resorted to invoking the people’s power as a means of pushing for reforms and justice.
Mr Mudavadi noted that one such way of invoking people’s power is through the opposition’s push for establishment of People’s Assemblies.
“We do not recognise the elections of August 8 and October 26. We want a new constitutional arrangement, electoral justice and respect for every vote cast,” Mudavadi said.