The man who warned Kalonzo against attending Raila's swearing-in

Mr Musyoka had earlier claimed that he was put under house arrest on the fateful day.

Mr Ndambuki, who spoke during the county prayer meeting at the Machakos County Assembly premises on Thursday, revealed that his intervention along with 19 other clerics warned Mr Musyoka not to participate in the oath, despite an earlier understating that he was “put under house arrest by police.”

“We as religious leaders from Machakos are the ones who implored upon Kalonzo against taking part in the January 30 ‘swearing in’ ceremony at the Uhuru Park grounds. It is this intervention that put hold to what could have been a bloody confrontation between the police and irate opposition supporters,” said Ndambuki who was the main preacher at yesterday’s event also attended by Governor Dr. Alfred Mutua.

Mr Musyoka skipped the mock ceremony, which he has since termed as illegal, that saw Mr Odinga sworn-in as the ‘People’s President’ on January 30. He was slated to be sworn in as the Deputy People’s President on the same day and venue, but failed to show up. He would later emerge in a press conference to claims that he “could not leave his house, as I was put under house arrest alongside Wetangula and Mudavadi.”

“I was left alone. I stayed (at home) until about 11am, and that is the time journalists came to my home. I left. We had spoken on phone with Hon Raila, Wetang’ula and Mudavadi to plan our journey to Uhuru Park.

We did not get there. We found ourselves, Wetang’ula, Mudavadi and I, because we did not have bodyguards, unable to leave the room. That is what happened,” Musyoka explained to his adamant supporters.

No swearing-in

On Tuesday, Mr Musyoka dismissed reports that his swearing-in was slated for February 28, after Mr Odinga publicly declared that his “deputy’s event to swear him in will be announced at a later date.”

“I’ve seen the headline in the Star (newspaper) that I will be sworn on 28th… That’s news to me, this time we are very careful about the dates we give so that we are clear on which way we are going. In good and due time, we will bring to the notice of our people on the date,” said Kalonzo.

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