A week to the swearing-in of opposition chief Raila Odinga as President, the National Super Alliance (NASA) has written to eleven Governors requesting for a venue for the ceremony.
The letters have been addressed to Governors Hassan Joho (Mombasa), Anyang’ Nyong’o (Kisumu), Cyprian Awiti(Homa Bay), Kivutha Kibwana (Makueni), Okoth Obado (Migori), Wycliffe Oparanya(Kakamega), Wilber Ottichilo (Vihiga), Amason Kingi (Kilifi), Odeke Ojaamong(Busia), Charity Ngilu (Kitui), Cornel Rasanga(Siaya) whose counties have passed the People’s Assembly motion.
Last Friday, the Opposition unveiled a seven-member committee to guide the coalition on the way forward of the People’s Assembly.
The team, Chaired by economist David Ndii, will be responsible for coordinating programmes of all county assemblies that have so far formed the People’s Assemblies.
The committee will also provide a list of activities for December 12 when the coalition plans to swear in Raila.
As the debate continues on whether the ceremony is unlawful, Attorney General has confirmed that NASA will be violating the Constitution Article 3(2) that states: “Any attempt to establish a government otherwise than in the compliance with this constitution is unlawful.”
“The law is clear as day and night,” Muigai said, adding that anyone violating it will be committing an offence.
NASA, however, cites Article 1 giving all sovereign power to the Kenyan people, as justification to swear in Raila as the People’s President.
The state has warned that NASA leaders will be punished if they carry out the swearing in. This follows a recommendation by the National Intelligence Service to arrest and charge the NASA leaders with treason.
The United States has also asked Raila Odinga to call off the planned swearing in ceremony.
Principal Deputy assistant Secretary at the US government’s Bureau of African Affairs Donald Yamamoto on Tuesday warned that the move would only serve to further polarise the country.
He spoke during a meeting with Odinga, Nasa principals Musalia Mudavadi, Moses Wetang’ula and Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana representing Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, who is in Germany.
Yamamoto is said to have indicated that those who may not support the push for dialogue may face unspecified sanctions from President Donald Trump’s administration.
Ⓒ 2014 Nairobi Wire