The National Super Alliance chief, Raila Odinga, has flatly rejected calls by the US to establish a government of national unity with President Uhuru Kenyatta at the top.
US President Donald Trump sent his senior most Africa diplomat Donald Yamamoto to Nairobi to play a direct role in attempting to end a stalemate which has divided Kenya in the middle.
When asked by the US to shelve his ‘inauguration’ plans, Raila rejected the appeals vowing to be sworn in as President by a People’s Assembly on Tuesday, December 12.
Tuesday will be Jamhuri Day, the day Kenyans celebrate when the country became a republic and will be the first one in President Kenyatta’s second and final term. He will address the nation as has become the tradition and is expected to expound on his government’s plans for the country for the next five years.
Mr Yamamoto landed in the country on Monday and has since met with the Raila-led Opposition, members of the civil society, and President Kenyatta. Accompanying him on the trip was US National Security Council Director for Africa Jonathan Howard.
According to a report by the Star, Raila was adamant and rejected any suggestion of a unity government. That is a surprising shift considering he had called for a six-month transition government to prepare for fresh elections.
The talks with the US diplomat seems to have collapsed as Nasa on Wednesday wrote to 11 Opposition governors whose assemblies have passed the People’s Assembly motion, requesting venues for Raila’s swearing-in as the People’s President, against US advice.