Even after the opposition have exhibited their determination to swearing in bid, a section of Jubilee leaders have dared NASA principals Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka to go ahead with the planned swearing-in on January 30 as the people’s president and deputy president respectively, adding that they risk being arrested and charged with treason which is punishable by death.
The leaders who included Jubilee party vice chairman David Murathe were speaking during a function in Gatanga constituency, Kiambu County, insisted that already there is a president who was elected on the October 26 during the repeat poll and legally sworn in by the Chief Justice and has the instruments of power as required by the constitution of Kenya.
According to the Jubilee leaders, there is no need for the president to dialogue with opposition leaders, explaining that it’s time to focus on the development agenda for the country urging Raila to read the bible he has been given by supporters and be guided by the truth that the government is stable under the leadership of President Uhuru Kenyatta.
It is on record that, NASA has consistently refused to recognize Uhuru Kenyatta as duly elected president, insisting on fighting for electoral reforms through dialogue or Raila’s inauguration to cause a political crisis. Apparently, supporters have continued to pressurize on Opposition chiefs Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka to be sworn-in as People’s President and Deputy President respectively during People’s Assembly forums as they also denounce calls for dialogue.
The People’s Assembly meeting held in Machakos county convened at Machakos town and attended by all the NASA principals :- Raila, Kalonzo, Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula, the Wiper Democratic Party leader was seemingly against the swearing in where he insisted on dialogue with the government. “Listen, you people who do not want dialogue. As your leader, I must tell you the truth. If we will not hold a dialogue at the right time between now and 30th, there will be consequences,” Kalonzo said.
According to Kalonzo, there was still time for a political deal that could call off the planned inauguration. They said Uhuru should bear the greatest responsibility if the country degenerates into a conflict situation over his stubbornness over calls for talks. “Mr Kenyatta cannot ignore the advice of the international community like the European Union which has warned that the country is on the verge of conflict if we leaders do not sit down and talk,” said Kalonzo.