Raila Odinga agrees to dialogue but gives major condition

Says he was ready for one even before elections

NASA leader Raila Odinga addresses the press on the general election on August 9, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

The head of the Opposition – Raila Odinga- says he is ready to dialogue with President Uhuru Kenyatta but there is a condition.

In a lengthy statement yesterday, Salim Lone, a long time confidant of Mr Odinga, noted his boss has always been open to dialogue, that he even called for it before elections.

Supporters of Raila Odinga at a past rally. PHOTO: TWITTER

“There was no interest in dialogue nor in holding an honest election. He has repeatedly indicated his willingness to enter into dialogue, even now, if it is held between equals as was done in 2008 between a sworn-in President Kibaki and Raila,” Lone said in part.

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He went on to add that the ex Prime Minister’s only condition is for there to be an agreed agenda.

“This should, unlike in 2008, include electoral justice. Raila is holding the country together through his commitment to pursuing constitutional and peaceful means of resolving issues,” he noted.

Lone said in the statement that crimes against Kenyans by the State have brought the country to the sorry and explosive state it is in today.

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He reiterated that Raila’s ‘inauguration’ which is scheduled for Jamhuri Day (December 12) will go on as planned, that its is legal and will prevent further polarisation.

“Raila’s swearing-in will help prevent further polarisation by giving Kenyans hope for electoral justice that was denied to them, under a genuinely independent IEBC,” he said.

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“It will also give new impetus for the People’s Assembly to guide county assemblies in urgently addressing a number of pressing economic and justice issues that will provide material benefits to our people.” Mr Lone noted.

As reported earlier by Zipo.co.ke, Nasa has written to 10 governors whose assemblies have passed the People’s Assembly motion, for venue to swear-in Mr Odinga.