Opposition Leader Raila Odinga Rejects Plan to Make Him President

  • Opposition Leader Raila Odinga on Saturday reportedly rejected a plan to swear him in on Tuesday.

    According to the Nation, the former Prime Minister rejected the calls for his swearing-in on grounds that it would taint his international image and his respect for the law and the Constitution.

    Sources privy to the meeting divulged that the Opposition Chief turned down the plan and proposed for a more vigorous push for reforms in the country.

    Mr Odinga proposes that the fight for reforms should effectively utilize the People’s Assemblies in Opposition counties, the boycott of certain companies and products and civil disobedience.

    [caption caption="NASA Leaders at a consultative meeting on Saturday"][/caption]

    “Some people in the coalition would have really wanted to go on with it (parallel swearing-in), however, some people have called for caution instead, with Baba (Raila) himself being the biggest voice, citing his national stature, international image and his respect for the law,” a NASA MP was quoted by the Nation.

    The move comes even as a section of Opposition Leaders had threatened to inaugurate Mr Odinga if President Uhuru Kenyatta is sworn into office.

    According to the leaders, led by Siaya Senator James Orengo, ex-Senators; Johnson Muthama (Machakos) and Boni Khalwale (Kakamega)  Raila won fairly in the August 8th election but his votes were stolen.

    "We will use August 8 results to swear NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga if Uhuru Kenyatta tries to use October 26 poll results to be sworn in,” Orengo stated.

    [caption caption="NASA Leaders addressing a past rally at Mavoko"][/caption]

    Meanwhile, President Uhuru Kenyatta is set to be sworn for his second term on Tuesday, 28th November at Kasarani stadium.

    So far, Head of States from Tanzania, Uganda, South Sudan, Burundi and Ethiopian Prime Minister have confirmed their attendance.