NASA leadership makes about-turn on MPs, Senators boycotting Thursday’s swearing-in ceremony

The National Assembly.

Legislators in the National Assembly and the Senate allied to opposition will attend Thursday’s swearing-in ceremony to be held at Parliament buildings.

On Wednesday, the National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga said his members will attend the inauguration ceremony thereby rescinding an earlier stand that NASA affiliated politicians would not attend the ceremony.

“NASA MPs will go to Parliament tomorrow for swearing-in and induction,” said Raila.

Ugunja MP-elect and ODM Secretary for Political Affairs Opiyo Wandayi had termed the 12th Parliament’s first sitting illegal.

ODM Director of Elections Junet Mohammed said their members would boycott the inauguration ceremony because there was an election petition challenging Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory.

Junet said in a statement that their members would only attend the inauguration ceremony once the petition was conclusively and credibly dealt with by the court.

“Recognising and respecting the fact that he has only a disputed mandate as yet and that his so-called victory is being challenged would be a useful first step in calming down our increasingly restive society,” said Junet.

However, Jubilee brigade led by Aden Duale, Garissa Township MP, came out to castigate NASA leadership for asking their members to boycott the swearing-in ceremony.

He said it was a bad show as those issuing the orders lost in the elections.

He asked them to hand their boots and allow those who won to work for Kenyans.

By Pharis Kinyua. He’s an online Journalist and an author for Jamhuri News