Your swearing-in is illegal, US now tells Raila Odinga

NASA insists any dialogue with Jubilee must be based on fresh elections

Raila Odinga
NASA leader Raila Odinga. PHOTO: CAPITAL FM

The United States has asked the National Super Alliance chief principal Raila Odinga, to cancel his planned swearing in ceremony scheduled for Tuesday, December 12.

Principal Deputy assistant Secretary at the US government’s Bureau of African Affairs -Donald Yamamoto- warned on Tuesday, December 5 that the Jamhuri Day event would only polarise the nation further.

Supporters of Raila Odinga. PHOTO: TWITTER

He was speaking in a meeting attended by the former Prime Minister, his Nasa co-principals Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula as well as Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana who represented Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, who is out of the country.

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If Mr Odinga stopped the swearing-in, the envoy promised to bring President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee to the negotiating table in order to agree with the Opposition on how to end the current political deadlock, a source told the Nation.

“Uhuru may have been sworn in but most parts of the country do not recognise his authority because he was fraudulently elected. It against this backdrop that we are seeking justice,” the source who attended the meeting said.

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In his country’s usual fashion, the diplomat who met the Opposition leaders at the US Ambassador Robert Godec’s residence, warned that President Donald Trump’s government would slap anti-dialogue individuals with unspecified sanctions.

This amid Raila and his cronies refusing to acknowledge President Kenyatta as having legitimately been elected into office.

In the said meeting, Nasa reportedly reiterated that any form of dialogue with Jubilee must be based on electoral reforms with a view of crafting a roadmap for a fresh election, something President Kenyatta and his allies have vehemently dismissed.

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According to the Head of State, the campaign period was over and it is high time the country focused on development.

Mr Yamamoto is scheduled to meet President Kenyatta as he continues with his push for dialogue, and maybe meet Nasa again later.