The National Super Alliance (NASA) on Sunday called off the controversial inauguration of Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka as the President and Deputy President of the People’s Assembly as earlier planned.
The event was set for Tuesday, December 12 the material day of the nation’s annual Jamhuri day celebrations.
In an unexpected turn of events on Sunday evening, NASA co-principal Musalia Mudavadi made the announcement at the Opposition’s Okoa Kenya secretariat offices.
“Following internal consultations NASA advises the NASA fraternity that the swearing in of Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka has been postponed,” Mudavadi said.
Flanked by Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula and Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana, the ANC leader said the opposition will announce a new date for the swearing-in and launch of the People’s Assembly later.
Mudavadi regretted that the outfit could not meet the expectations of the Opposition followers, especially those from the county of Mombasa after the leadership of the Coastal County agreed to host the event.
“We wish to thank Mombasa for accepting to host the event,” Mudavadi stated.
But Mudavadi mentioned that they would announce more resistance measures in near times.
“We will announce the new date at a later time, we will also announce new resistance measures soon,” he said during the Sunday press briefing.
NASA was in the past few days pondering on how they would swear-in Kalonzo Musyoka as Odinga’s deputy.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the People’s Assemblies Organising Committee Jared Maaka Siso said one of the options they were considering is swearing-in Kalonzo as Deputy President outside the country.
He stated that the coalition was in consultation to see to it that the Wiper Party chief is sworn-in parallel to Raila Odinga.
NASA leader Raila Odinga on Friday met members of the diplomatic community four days to his planned in swearing in.
Odinga insisted that the will of the people is paramount, a signal that he was not backing off from the now postponed swearing in plan.
The NASA chief together with his co-principal Musalia Mudavadi of ANC and other leaders from the Opposition were engaged in talks with the envoys, leaders of the private sector and religious groups a day after dismissing US calls for dialogue.
Odinga said during his Friday meeting, he put forward NASA position as a Coalition to members of the diplomatic community, private sector and religious leaders in its quest for electoral justice.
“We maintain that the will of the people is paramount,” he said.