Opposition’s NASA coalition has changed tact and changed the venue for the swearing-in of its leaders Raila Odinga and his Deputy Kalonzo Musyoka as president and deputy president respectively.
When we chose Uhuru Park, we knew the Jubilee leadership would thwart our mission by ensuring the venue is cordoned off by police.
A NASA lawmaker said.
The coalition had chosen Uhuru Park in Nairobi for the January 30 controversial event.
We have chosen a different location that will be known during or after the event.
The lawmaker, who did not want to be named, disclosed to the Daily Nation.
On Sunday, the County Government of Nairobi disclosed that NASA had not booked the Uhuru Oark venue and that the Nairobi Business Community had applied to use the grounds on January 30.
This had made supporters think the swearing was in limbo.
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Government spokesperson Erick Kiraithe during a television interview on Monday morning, warned Nasa against ceremony, saying police would do their work and that the law would take its course.
However, Odinga and his NASA brigade vowed that the swearing-in would go on as planned regardless of the venue.
NASA Puts In Final Touches Ahead Of Raila’s Swearing-in
National Super Alliance leader Raila Odinga is set to be sworn in as the ‘people’s president’ in front of a million of his supporters.
Raila, who was the Opposition’s presidential candidate in last year’s August 8 General Election, is expected to be sworn in alongside his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka on Tuesday, January 30.
Sources within NASA said the four principals, Raila (ODM), Kalonzo (Wiper), Musalia Mudavadi (ANC) and Moses Wetang’ula (Ford Kenya) were working with elected and non-elected leaders to plan for the big day.
Jarunda.com has reliably learnt that before the ceremony, NASA is expected to announce presidential results of all the constituencies, according to data the Opposition says it gathered from the August 8 elections.
The Opposition has maintained that it won the election. A petition it filed at the Supreme Court challenging the election of President Uhuru Kenyatta saw the election annulled on September 1, 2017, over irregularities in the manner the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) conducted the poll.
The court ordered for a repeat poll which was held on October 26.
Raila however refused to participate in the repeat poll that was won by Uhuru.
When we moved to the Supreme Court to challenge the presidential vote results, we knew that we had won. We had the figures which we will announce to Kenyans to show them that we won but our vote was stolen.
A source within NASA said.