Raila Odinga: I'm ready for dialogue with Kenyatta

Sergio Conner
December 7, 2017

The leader of the opposition coalition party, the National Super Alliance (Nasa), vowed that he and his followers would never recognise either the president or his government and stated that he would begin a campaign of civil disobedience.

Odinga's controversial move followed the official swearing-in of incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta on November 28 for his second term in office.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga's adviser Salim Lone on December 6 spoke out about the forthcoming swearing-in of Raila.

Supporters of Raila Odinga at a past rally.

He accused President Uhuru Kenyatta of doing little to ease the political tensions in the country.

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Mr.Lone states that Raila is holding the country together through his commitment to pursuing constitutional and peaceful means for resolving issues and crimes against Kenyans.

On Monday, December 4, NASA reiterated its plan to swear in Raila following arrest of its top strategist David Ndii, who was released on a Ksh 10,000 bond. Before this election, he sought it to ensure that it would be credibly done, but there was no interest in the dialogue nor in holding an honest election.

"Raila's swearing-in will help prevent further polarisation by giving Kenyans hope for electoral justice that was denied to them, under a genuinely independent IEBC", he said.

It will also give an impetus for the people's assemblies to push for economic and justice issues in the country, the adviser said in a written statement.

Odinga's advisor Salim Lone, in a statement, said Odinga has always been open to dialogue and even called for this before elections. "He has repeatedly indicated his willingness to enter into a dialogue even now", it reads.

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