Raila ‘swearing-in’ scheduled for early next year

Raila Odinga, the NASA chief. []

Opposition Leader Raila Odinga will still be sworn in as Kenya’s fifth “President” early next year.

This is according to the coalition’s national organising committee.

On Thursday, committee members Hamida Kibwana, Koitamet ole Kina, Peter Mathuki, David Ndii, Oduor Ong’wen, Judy Sijeny and Bramwell Simiyu said in a statement the plan is still on.

“Following the postponement of the launch of the People’s Assembly that was to take place on Jamhuri Day, December 12, the organising committee wishes to announce the resumption of the People’s Assembly process,” read the Statement as quoted by the Star.

They added that the postponed inaugural session of the National People’s Assembly will be followed by several regional consultative forums.

“These preparatory meetings will bring together the leadership of the different regions of the country to deliberate on national governance as it affects the regions, and to distil the region’s agenda for the People’s Assembly.”

Coast region will host the first consultative forum slated for Sunday. Raila and his co-principals Moses Wetangula and Musalia Mudavadi are expected to attend.

Raila was forced to abort his inauguration bid that was to happen on Tuesday.

In announcing the decision, Mudavadi cited local and international pressure as the reason for postponing Raila’s planned swearing-in at Tononoka Grounds in Mombasa.

This decision has disillusioned NASA supporters.