Top NASA Senator not sure Raila inauguration will happen

Mutula Kilonzo says co-principal Kalonzo Musyoka is still abroad

Mutula Kilonzo Jr
Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jr. PHOTO: KBC

In five days’ time, The National Super Alliance leader Raila Odinga and his second in command, Kalonzo Musyoka, will be sworn in as the people’s president and deputy. At least that is the plan.

But a second member of Kalonzo’s party is not too convinced that the planned event will go on next Tuesday as scheduled.

Raila Odinga
NASA’s Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka during their rally in Kibera, Nairobi, on July 18, 2017. They will be sworn-in on Tuesday. PHOTO: ENOS TECHE/THE STAR

While speaking in Wote town recently, Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Junior said the fate of their leaders inauguration remains uncertain adding that Wiper, a key constituent of the Nasa coalition, is yet to receive any formal communication on the matter.

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According to media reports, the vocal legislator said that the party which he is deputy chair, was still waiting for guidance from the his party leadership about the highly-anticipated event.

“It is uncertain whether the swearing-in will take place because NASA co-leader Kalonzo Musyoka, who is also the Wiper Party leader, is currently out of the country and it still remains unclear whether he will have returned by December 12,

“Our current acting chairperson, Governor Kivutha Kibwana, has not yet convened a meeting to give us details on the swearing in. I, however, appeal for calm and peace because whatever will happen on December 12 will be done within the confines of the law,” said Kilonzo Jr as quoted by Kenya News Agency on Wednesday, December 6.

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Kilonzo’s revelations come hot on the heels of sentiments by Wiper deputy party leader Farah Maalim who criticised the move by Nasa to swear-in Raila Odinga noting it was a recipe for chaos.

“As someone with a legal background I would like to uphold the law. I have not been part of any process that is arranging for the swearing in of Raila Odinga. I will hesitate endorsing any ‘swearing in’ because that is a recipe for chaos,” said Maalim.

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Raila who lost in his bid to become country’s fifth President, is set to be sworn-in as people’s president by the People’s Assembly on Tuesday, December 12, barely a week after President Uhuru Kenyatta took the oath of office for his second and final term.