Details of NASA Leader Raila Odinga's Swearing-in Schedule

  • National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga is set to be sworn-in as the People's President on Tuesday at Uhuru Park grounds and alleged details of the event indicate that members of the public are expected to be at the venue by 8:30 am.

    The Nation reported that Governors, MPs and other guests will be seated by 9 am and the NASA co-principals will make a grand entrance at around 10 am.

    There will be a 'short speech by one of the selected members of the people’s assembly' before Odinga takes the oath," followed by Kalonzo Musyoka.

    The opposition leader will then give a speech on how the coalition will move forward and the event should be over by 1 pm.

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    Unconfirmed reports indicate that they already have a qualified judge who will oversee the ceremony.

    On Monday, Nation Media Managing Editor Linus Kaikai revealed that President Uhuru Kenyatta threatened to shut down all media houses that will cover Odinga's planned inauguration on Tuesday.

    In the statement seen by Kenyans.co.ke, Linus stated that he was alarmed over a developing trend by the government to gag or threaten the media over coverage of the current political events in the country.

    Linus, who is also the Chairman of the Kenya Editors’ Guild Chairman disclosed that a section of media managers and editors from media houses were on Friday summoned to a meeting at State House.

    "At the meeting, President Kenyatta expressly threatened to shut down and revoke the licenses of any media house that would broadcast live the planned purported swearing in of NASA leaders Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka on Tuesday.

    "That direct threat has subsequently been echoed, off record by other senior members of the government," the statement read in part.

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    Kenya Editors' guild vice chairman Samuel Maina, however, differed with Kaikai stating that he attended the meeting and Kaikai's sentiments were inaccurate.

    "What is being termed as a “dress down” is a misrepresentation of facts. We had a fruitful discussion and we all agreed that media freedom has to be accompanied by a high degree of responsibility," he remarked.