- NASA leader Raila Odinga has hit out at the Jubilee leadership over what he termed as deliberate violation of the Constitution and human rights.
- Mr. Odinga further accused President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration for holding hostage various government bodies, leaving citizens helpless.
The National Super Alliance (NASA)leader Raila Odinga has for first time hit out at the Jubilee leadership over what he termed as deliberate violation of the Constitution and human rights. Speaking for the first time since government launched crackdown on opposition coalition affiliates who attended Raila’s swearing in ceremony, the opposition chief said the the Jubilee administration has defied court orders and police have harassed leaders associated with the opposition coalition.
Similarly, Mr. Odinga further accused President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration for holding hostage various government bodies, leaving citizens helpless citing the Judiciary, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission as well as Parliament.
The Opposition Chief who was addressing mourners during the burial of Justus Etale, the father of ODM Communications Director Philip Etale on Saturday in Vihiga.
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The former Prime Minister said was addressing the public for the second public address since he was ‘sworn in’ as the people’s president on January 30. The first being in Nairobi during the funeral service of Ms Yvonne Wamalwa, the widow of former Vice President Michael Kijana Wamalwa.
Apparently the controversial ‘oath’ has led to the government cracking down on opposition politicians who planned and executed the ceremony.
However, while speaking in Vihiga, Mr Odinga said the opposition relies on the constitution in whatever they are doing. “We are relying on Article 1 of the Constitution that says sovereignty lies in the people of Kenya. The people can exercise it directly or indirectly but our competitors are doing the opposite. They have grabbed power and held government bodies hostage. The state has become rogue. They are blatantly violating court orders and using the police to intimidate people,” he said.
The NASA chief assured his supporters that things are going to change. “We are going to hold the people’s convention soon. I will discharge my duties as the people’s president without fear,” he said.
Consequently other leaders in attendance at the funeral included Vihiga Governor Wilber Ottichilo, Senators Amos Wako (Busia), Cleophas Malala (Kakamega) and George Khaniri (Vihiga).