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UNEXPECTED TURN OF EVENTS: Kalonzo Says Raila’s Swearing In is Illegal

Kalonzo Says their Absence in the Inauguration was Tactical

 

  • Kalonzo Musyoka has now said the ‘oath’ taken by NASA Chief Raila Odinga is against the constitution.
  • Musyoka dismissed reports that he is set to be sworn in as the ‘People’s Deputy President’ on February 28, 2018.
  • Kalonzo revealed that NASA leaders agreed to have the opposition chief ‘sworn in’ alone so that in case he is arrested, the other NASA co-principals can lead a legal process in his defence.

The National Super Alliance (NASA) co-principal and Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka has now said the ‘oath’ taken by NASA Chief Raila Odinga is against the constitution.

Kalonzo who is also expected to take the same oath as Raila’s Deputy, on Tuesday, February 13 dismissed reports that he is set to be sworn in as the ‘People’s Deputy President’ on February 28, 2018, saying the National Super Alliance leaders are still consulting on the controversial matter. “I’ve seen the headline in the Star (newspaper) that I will be sworn on 28th… That’s news to me, this time we are very careful about the dates we give so that we are clear on which way we are going. In good and due time, we will bring to the notice of our people on the date,” Kalonzo said.

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Surprisingly Kalonzo who recently assured supporters that he is ready to be sworn in a date preferable to the coalition has however changed the narrative saying holding a mock oathing ceremony is not a light matter and it requires proper legal consultation before execution.

The two-sided lawyer was speaking in Kamba, Stonni Athi Resort in Machakos after closing a Wiper women leaders league conference; where he further revealed that from the start, the NASA leaders were aware that the oathing ceremony was a violation of the law and had anticipated the arrest of Mr. Odinga, something expected to come to pass.

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Additionally the Wiper party Chief added that prior to Odinga’s oathing ceremony, the NASA leaders agreed to have the opposition chief ‘sworn in’ alone so that in case he is arrested, the other NASA co-principals can lead a legal process in his defence; suspected to be the reason that made the trio skip the inauguration ceremony on January 30.

“Before the Machakos County Assembly forum, we met with Raila at Panafric Hotel and he told us ‘once I take the oath I know they’ll arrest me and you guys should come and get me out.’ But the government could not arrest Raila because they know it could cause a political crisis. Raila knew that it (swearing-in) is against the constitution, that is the truth of the matter… We agreed that if we are oathed, which is against the Constitution, we will accept the consequences,” he said.

Apparently, Kalonzo acknowledged that he risks arrest by taking the oath but at the same expressed confidence that he is not afraid to be sworn in. “Don’t be misled by being told that Kalonzo is a coward. I am strong enough to make a decision that will benefit all our supporters,” he said.

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