7 things Raila’s Swearing-in Proved to the World
Here they are
Mr. Odinga defied all odds to take the oath of an office created by his own Alliance despite threats by the Attorney General Githu Muigai that he will be charged with treason.
The Former Prime Minister’s oath-taking was a significant political statement to emphasize that the Opposition does not recognize President Uhuru Kenyatta as the Head of State of the Republic of Kenya.
Also, the oath-taking proved to the world seven significant things mostly brought to light with the events of the day.
1. Raila knows he cannot be arrested
The NASA leader is an enigma and arresting him can be a dangerous path no President wishes for a country he/she is ruling.
This is why Mr. Odinga courageously made his way to Uhuru Park, lifted the Bible and took the oath of office.
2. Kalonzo is a watermelon
Though Odinga told his followers that Wiper Party leader and his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka could not make it for the ceremony because of unseen and unavoided reasons, no explanation is likely to convince the public that Mr. Musyoka did not chicken out.
The epithet Watermelon will now more than ever before remain in the public eye a definition of who the Former Vice President is.
To NASA supporters, Kalonzo’s conspicuous absence is almost an unforgivable sin.
Co-principals Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula were also not present at the event something that political pundits speculate to mean that all is not well in the Alliance.
3. Raila's Followers are loyal
Thousands made their way to Uhuru Park from different parts of this country to witness this event that only had a political significance attached to it.
As early as 7am men and women were at the venue singing and dancing waiting for Baba ( Raila). On a weekday many wondered how the former Prime Minister was able to convince such a huge crowd to converge at the Park and not go to work.
More to it the crowd waited for hours on end until Mr. Odinga finally showed up at around 2.30 pm.
4.Without Police NASA’s events are peaceful
No single life was lost on Tuesday. No single person was reported injured and interestingly police officers were also not present at the venue.
Earlier reports indicated that the officers had been ordered to withdraw and patrol the CBD to ensure there as no lawlessness.
No business in Nairobi was also interfered with and residents traversed the City with little or no interference at all.
NASA supporters, however, destroyed an emblem raised in honor of President Kenyatta and also removed the National Coat of Arms attached to it.
5. The brave men in Raila’s circle
Mr. Odinga made his way to the Park in the company of Siaya Senator James Orengo, Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho, businessman Jimi Wanjigi among others.
Several leaders stood with Odinga as he did what no one has ever done in Kenya.
Canadian-based lawyer Miguna Miguna and Ruaraka MP TJ Kajwang were also right beside him to make sure he (Odinga) takes the oath in a legal manner.
6. NASA bigwig know the law
The legal minds in NASA were keen to ensure that the swearing-in does not land Mr. Odinga in jail for treason. How the oath itself was clearly written and the process used ensured that there was no single breach of law in it.
7. The State is a dictatorship
Tuesday can be seen as a victory for NASA and a major loss for the Kenyatta-led Government.
The State switched-off all the television stations to inhibit live coverage of the Mr. Odinga’s in all free-to-air platforms in the Country. This was in defiance of the Constitution which upholds the Freedom of the Press.
The switching off came in after President Kenyatta summoned Media Owners to State House instructing them not to air the much-awaited ceremony.
Opinions expressed here are those of the writer
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