Raila’s Swearing In Is The Only Way To Unite Kenyans, Won’t Back Down – Salim Lone

NASA Principal, Raila Odinga during Mathare rally. / RAILA ODINGA FACEBOOK
Raila Odinga’s adviser Salim Lone. /COURTESY

Raila Odinga’s swearing in is the only way to unite Kenyans and he will not heed calls to call off the December 12 ceremony that is ‘on course,’ his adviser Salim Lone has said.

Mr Lone says that the country has been polarized for the past few months over the rigged August and October elections and the Jubilee regime has not helped the situation.

”Kenya has never been as polarized as it has been the last few months. It’s polarized because both the August and October elections were stolen, and because of a host of other murderous actions by this regime that have inflamed millions. The country is at a tipping point in a way it never has been before,” Lone’s statement read.

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s regime, he says has not dealt with the high political temperatures but instead ‘unleashed the police, who killed more than two dozen lawful protesters.’

He noted that the former Prime Minister is the glue that is holding Kenya together ‘through his commitment to pursuing constitutional and peaceful means for resolving issues and crimes against Kenyans that have brought us to this sorry and explosive pass.’

The swearing in ceremony, he noted, will be lawful.

Mr Odinga, Lone says, is ready for dialogue as long as it is held between equals as was done in 2008, between himself and then President, Mwai Kibaki.

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”Mr Odinga has also always been open to a dialogue. Before this election he sought it to ensure that it would be credibly done, but there was no interest in the dialogue nor in holding an honest election. He has repeatedly indicated his willingness to enter into a dialogue even now, if it is held between equals, as was done in 2008 between a sworn-in President Kibaki and Mr Odinga. Mr Odinga’s only condition for the dialogue is that it must have an agreed agenda, which should, unlike in 2008, include electoral justice.”

The opposition has requested 11 governors from counties that have adopted the People’s Assembly motion to provide a venue for the inauguration ceremony that is only six days away.

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