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Kalonzo reveals how NASA planned for 'Odinga's arrest'

Riziki Hamadi
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Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka speaks during a courtesy call by Mavoko supporters, February 12, 2018. [Photo|Kalonzo Musyoka]

NASA coalition deputy leader Kalonzo Musyoka has castigated reports that he would be sworn-in on by end of February.

This followed a publication by a local daily, that the Wiper Democratic Movement party leader would be inaugurated as People's Deputy President on February 28, to deputise self-proclaimed People's President, NASA leader Raila Odinga, who was sworn-in on January 30.

Speaking after a Wiper Democratic Movement women league conference at Stonni Resort in Athi River, Machakos County, Kalonzo said consultations were still going on over his inauguration.

"I have seen the headline in the Star (newspaper) that I will be sworn on 28th. That is news to me," said the former vice president.

He noted that NASA was very careful over the matter and that supporters would be notified.

"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," he said on Tuesday.

He also said the opposition knew Odinga's swearing-in was unlawful.

According to him, they went ahead with the plans so as Odinga could be arrested.

He said they agreed to have Odinga sworn in alone so that in case he is arrested, other NASA co-principals could initiate a legal process in his defence.

"Before the Machakos County Assembly forum, we met with Raila at Panafric Hotel and he told us "once I take the oath I know they’ll arrest me and you guys should come and get me out." But the government could not arrest Raila because they know it could cause a political crisis,” revealed Kalonzo.

He added that Odinga knew the swearing-in was illegal but would accept the consequences.

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