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David Ndii's strong message to Uhuru

David Ndii was recently arrested at the Coast over plans to swear-in Raila Odinga.

Responding to a question when he appeared on KTN News earlier this week, the embattled economist reiterated that President Kenyatta and his team are not his peers, adding that their intellectual intelligence are in many ways different.

"You would have to work with them every day... I don’t respect them. I think (it would) be dishonest. I would have to pretend and call them 'sir', which I wouldn’t mean. And I am a principled person,” Dr Ndii told a live telecast Monday.

He added: "I don’t think he is qualified to chart the course on how I can contribute to my country. Uhuru is not my peer professionally, intellectually… anywhere."


Dr Ndii quashed assumptions that in order for one to be of great value to the community then they must be in government, adding that the secession talks would gain momentum, as the coalition await the hyped swearing-in of Nasa leader Raila Odinga.

"There is the presumptions in Kenya that only in government can you make contributions to society...that what I am doing is not important," he said.

He added: "The issue of secession was simply an intellectual thought. It will be implemented if the people have the will. The journey started with Coast leaders having their inaugural sitting last Sunday and raising their needs as a region. They want to start negotiations on secession in January."



Early December, the economist was arrested and detained for nearly 24 hours in Nairobi’s DCI headquarters for questioning, creating an avalanche of varied accounts of his whereabouts.

While the coalition affirmed Ndii was arrested on Sunday night in Kwale over his role in the formation of the People's Assembly, police refuted the claims terming them mere propaganda.

Raila Odinga's personal Assistant Dennis Onyango said Ndii was arrested by Flying Squad officers at Leopard Beach Hotel in Kwale.

Onyango on his Facebook page said Ndii had been taken to Diani Police Station.


According to him Ndii's arrest unfolded after his appointment by NASA coalition to steer People's Assembly.

NASA CEO Norman Magaya said the officers did not disclose why they arrested the renowned economist but insisted the arrest was as a result of his involvement in the formation of the assembly.

Magaya said teams on the grounds have also established that Ndii was not being detained at Diani police as had been indicated.

“Our efforts to trace where he is being held have been futile but we are trying all we can to establish the truth," he said.


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