Kalonzo gives Uhuru ultimatum on dialogue, says he supports Raila ‘swearing-in’ plan

Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka []

Raila Odinga’s running mate Kalonzo Musyoka has vowed to take the controversial presidential oath should President Uhuru Kenyatta insist on not having political dialogue with them.

Kalonzo has been away for about 10 weeks. He has been in Germany where his wife Pauline Kalonzo had been hospitalized.

He returned to the country on Wednesday night.

Though much has happened in the last few months towards the end of 2017, he has been a no show.

But with his return, there are signals the political duel between Jubilee and NASA is not stopping yet even in the New Year.

The Wiper Party boss insisted there must be talks because the October 26 repeat polls were not credible but a picture of “state capture”.

“The truth is that the August elections were stolen and the country is deeply divided. Kenyans cannot, therefore, be expected to move on when ethnic hatred and political intolerance are at their worst,” said Kalonzo as quoted by Daily Nation.

“I am telling my brother Uhuru Kenyatta that if he abdicates the responsibility of uniting this nation, he should not blame Raila and Kalonzo when we say we will be sworn in,” he said. “If he doesn’t want to dialogue on electoral reforms then we will be sworn in.”

He said Uhuru and his deputy William Ruto are in office illegitimately. This was a similar statement to that made by other NASA co-principals who maintains Uhuru’s Presidency is illegitimate.

“Uhuru was given the instruments of power by the Supreme Court and he also knows the gerrymandering and intimidation that accompanied the process, but in terms of legitimacy, this was State capture.”

And just like Raila who recently in an interview with a local TV station insisted that they won the August 8 polls, Kalonzo held a similar view.

He said Jubilee is in power because it intimidated the Judiciary, and rigged to get to power; not because Kenyans voted for them.

“You voted for us on August 8th and we won the election. It is clear from the Independent and Electoral Boundaries Commission computer servers that we won the election but our competitors are using all means, including intimidation of the Judiciary, to cling onto power,” lamented the NASA co-Principal.