Raila speaks on whether his deputy Kalonzo will attend Tuesday's swearing in

There has been confusion on whether the swearing in will go on in Kalonzo's absence

NASA leader Raila Odinga has addressed the contentious issue of whether his deputy Kalonzo Musyoka will be part of the swearing in ceremony slated for Tuesday next week.

There has been confusion on whether Raila's inauguration as "The People's President" will go on as planned in the absence of Kalonzo who has spent the last few weeks in Germany attending to his sick wife in hospital.

But speaking to Kenya's Sunday Standard newspaper, Mr. Odinga has moved to assure his supporters that Kalonzo's situation will be well handled by the Wiper party, adding that he would however still want to have him attend the ceremony.

“I would like him to be part of what we will do on Tuesday but we understand his situation. His party will come up with an amicable proposal for that day.”

His sentiments come hours after the NASA team organizing the event said they were still consulting on whether to wait for Kalonzo to return before they are both sworn in. The committee, through ODM CEO Oduor Ong'wen, however said that they would have a way forward by Monday.

Mr. Odinga has insisted that Tuesday's ceremony will go on as planned despite the government terming the swearing in as a "treasonous act."

The NASA leader is facing mounting pressure from the international community and religious leaders to call off the ceremony and instead seek dialogue with President Uhuru Kenyatta.


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