NASA maintain Uhuru Park still venue for Odinga swearing in


Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala addressing a past media briefing. PHOTO| COURTESY
Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala addressing a past media briefing. PHOTO| COURTESY

In Summary

  • Opposition leader Raila Odinga and Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka are expected to be sworn in on Tuesday, January 30.
  • The Nairobi County Government has declared that Uhuru Park is unavailable for any public gatherings from January 23, the venue NASA plans to use.
  • NASA insists the swearing in must proceed.

The National Super Alliance on Wednesday vowed it will proceed with the planned swearing in of opposition chiefs Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka amid uncertainty over the venue where the ceremony will be held.

This comes after the Nairobi County government announced that Uhuru Park is unavailable for any public gatherings from January 23 “to allow for phased improvement.”

The move raised eyebrows with most people speculating it could be a way to lock out NASA from holding the event on Tuesday next week.

However, it is not clear whether the opposition will hold the swearing in ceremony at the grounds.

NASA CEO Norman Magaya insists the ceremony will be held at Uhuru Park while Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala maintains that the swearing in will proceed despite the closure of the grounds.

Speaking at a press conference at Okoa Kenya, Mr. Malala said that the opposition is currently mobilising 1 million Kenyans who will grace the event.

“I would like to assure all Kenyans that the planned swearing in of Raila Odinga is still on course whether Uhuru Park is opened or closed. We will swear in Raila Odinga as the People’s President and Kalonzo Musyoka as the People’s Deputy President,” said Mr. Malala.

 Petition ICC

The Senator also revealed that the opposition coalition will ask the International Criminal Court (ICC) to probe what he termed as the profiling and killing of NASA supporters by the police during the electioneering period.

He also said that NASA will also petition the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), the European Union (EU), as well as the African Union General Assembly to investigate the killings.

Speaking to KTN’s Akisa Wandera, Mr. Magaya linked the closure of the park to pressure from the Jubilee administration.

“Our position remains the same we applied to use Uhuru Park in accordance with the regulations put in place by Nairobi County. We have requisitions for an invoice for us to be able to make payment today. Uhuru Park is a public facility we will not succumb to arm twisting by the county government,” said Mr. Magaya.

 

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