Allow NASA to ‘swear in’ Raila, Arch-Bishop Ole Sapit tells Gov’t


Anglican Church of Kenya Arch-Bishop, Jackson Ole Sapit at St. Michael’s ACK in Bondo ...
Anglican Church of Kenya Arch-Bishop, Jackson Ole Sapit at St. Michael’s ACK in Bondo on Sunday, January 28, 2018. PHOTO| GEORGE AMOLO

In Summary

  • Ole Sapit says the opposition should be allowed to carry on with the exercise and be given protection to ‘swear in’ NASA leaders Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka in a peaceful environment.
  • The Anglican Church leader argued that the ‘swearing in’ may not automatically give NASA an opportunity to forcefully take over government, hence, there should be no need for panic.
  • NASA MPs Gideon Ochanda (Bondo) and Otiende Amollo (Rarieda) who attended the thanks giving ceremony stated that the ‘swearing in’ of Raila Odinga and his deputy Kalonzo Musyoka is unstoppable.

Anglican Church of Kenya Arch-Bishop, Jackson Ole Sapit has asked the Jubilee government to allow the National Super Alliance to conduct its planned ‘swearing in’ ceremony for the sake of peace in the country.

Speaking during a diocesan thanks giving ceremony at St. Michael’s ACK in Bondo, Ole Sapit said the opposition should be allowed to carry on with the exercise and be given protection to ‘swear in’ NASA leaders Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka in a peaceful environment.

The Anglican Church leader argued that the ‘swearing in’ may not automatically give NASA an opportunity to forcefully take over government, hence, there should be no need for panic.

“If NASA must swear in their principals let them be protected to swear them in a peaceful environment and after the swearing in they will go home. If we do that without panicking in any way, we shall have peace because it doesn’t mean someone will have an opportunity to take over the government by force,” said Ole Sapit.

The prelate prayed that people should not be led into violence if the oathing ceremony must be there, therefore pleaded with the NASA leadership to also ensure that their supporters don’t engage in any form of violence.

Ole Sapit stated that leaders from both sides of the political divide must ensure they adhere to the rule of law to avert unnecessary loss of lives in the quest for leadership.

“It is also my humble call to NASA that if they must do it they must ensure their supporters do not engage in any violent ways because all of us must respect the rule of law and ensure no Kenyans die. Let us protect this country today for tomorrow and many years to come,” said Ole Sapit.

NASA MPs Gideon Ochanda (Bondo) and Otiende Amollo (Rarieda) who attended the thanks giving ceremony stated that the ‘swearing in’ of Raila Odinga and his deputy Kalonzo Musyoka is unstoppable.

“Now the servers are open. The issue of doubt is no longer there. There is a winner of the August 8th election; a winner who was not declared. Now that we have the results we cannot slow down Raila in anything other than himself taking the oath,” said Ochanda.

On his part, Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo observed that they have no other option but to ‘swear in’ Mr. Odinga and Kalonzo since they had tried to explore all legitimate avenues in vain.

“Where we have reached there is no more legitimate avenues to explore. There is no avenue in dialogue, there is no avenue in justice in terms of courts there is no other avenue. They swore in their president, we swear in our president so that president to president can speak,'” said Otiende Amollo.

Meanhwile, Nairobi Police Commander Japheth Koome on Sunday vowed that he will not allow the National Super Alliance to hold the planned ‘swearing in’ at Uhuru Park Grounds.

NASA, however, maintains that it will ‘swear in’ Odinga and Musyoka as the People’s president and deputy on Tuesday, January 30 at Uhuru Park.

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