Stop meddling in Kenya’s affairs, Raila tells US

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Opposition leader Raila Odinga addressing the media in Kisumu where he said the arrest of NASA strategist David Ndii was an act of intimidation

National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga on Thursday asked the United States to stop interfering with Kenya’s internal affairs.

“Kenyan problems will be solved by the Kenyan people. Our friends can give us advise but don’t come and shout at us and tell us we are violating the constitution,” said a seemingly annoyed Mr. Odinga.

“We as Kenyans, we will resolve our problems as Kenyans. The will of the Kenyan people is not going to be stopped. We will move and do what is right for the people of Kenya,” he added.

Speaking at City Mortuary where he had joined families of victims of alleged police shooting in collecting bodies of their late relatives, Mr. Odinga expressed disappointment with the international community for remaining silent even as innocent Kenyans are killed.

“ …Not a single envoy or ambassador in the country has raised their voice to condemn these killings,” he said.

The former Prime Minister’s sentiments come just a day after the United States government called on the opposition leader to call off his swearing-in ceremony slated for Tuesday, December 12 and instead work within the Constitution to pursue reforms.

“Our friends can give us advise… not telling us to follow the constitution. Constitution my foot,” replied Mr. Odinga.

Odinga’s political adviser Salim Lone has however maintained that the inauguration ceremony for the opposition chief is still on course.



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