The National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga was widely condemned by his supporters when he rejected calls to be sworn in as the people’s president saying such a move would soil his international image.
The barrage of criticism from his supporters forced him to make a U-turn and declare his inauguration will be held on 12 December, which falls on Jamhuri Day. Keen observers averred that NASA settled for a day coinciding with Kenya’s 54th independence day celebration to pass a subtle message to the Jubilee administration of a possible secession push.
So who will attend the eagerly awaited ceremony and where will it be held? This will be an invite only affair to avoid overzealous anti-riot police officers from breaking the inauguration ceremony. Organizers are tight lipped on the exact location of the event although reports seem to indicate the ceremony may take place in Kisumu county.
According to a digital invitation card shared on social media, the swearing in ceremony venue will be communicated after vetting of invitees. The invitation card reads: ““You are invited. Come witness the swearing-in of the peoples’ president Raila Amollo Odinga on 12th December at 12 noon. Location to be communicated after vetting of RSVP.”
Raila said of his swearing ceremony:
“Uhuru Kenyatta is not the President of Kenya. We will not be sworn in like Besigye. We will be sworn-in like it was done with Mnangagwa in Zimbwabwe.”
The Committee led by economic strategist Dr David Ndii has, however, not revealed who will swear in Raila Odinga. Such a move is treasonable and whoever swears in the Opposition must be awake to the fact that he will be targeted by the government for arrest.
Speaking to the media, Former Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama and his ex-Kakamega counterpart Boni Khalwale made it abundantly clear that the Opposition coalition was going for a free and fair elections or secession through the people’s assembly.
“We have put in place an elaborate plan. There is no more accept and move on. We also want our activities to be within the law. We are aware the Government is waiting with baited breath to arrest us if our activities are unlawful,” said Khalwale.
The event will be graced by regional and international leaders whose identity has not been revealed.