Kenyan opposition suspends "People's Assembly" after rivals meet

Nellie Chapman
March 13, 2018

Ahead of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's visit to Kenya last Friday, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga vowed to end the rivalry which led to the deaths of more than 100 people in election violence past year.

The government has reinstated the security detail of National Super Alliance (Nasa) leaders which had been withdrawn after the mock swearing-in of opposition leader Raila Odinga as people's president on January 30th. "The two leaders have asked us to give them an opportunity to spearhead this process and we have accepted".

This, however, comes amidst unrest among the other coalition partners who claim they were not consulted. "We have to work together as a team".

The minority leader, Elias Okumu, who was speaking on behalf of the Orange Democratic Movement Party MCAs, also pledged ODM's support, saying that "Baba" was always right. "We will proceed to brief the organs of the constituent parties", he said. In the election aftermath, about 150 people were killed and Mr Odinga subsequently swore himself in as the "people's president" and refused to recognise election victor, Mr Kenyatta, as head of state.

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"Our partners did not stand with us at Uhuru Park. The meeting was between the President of Kenya and the "people's president", who were both sworn in", he added. "We are therefore in this spirit suspending the People's Assembly process", Ndii read out.

Mudavadi, Kalonzo (Wiper) and Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang'ula (Ford Kenya) said they were not aware this would happen.

The fourth party is ODM, whose leader is Raila.

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