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Raila tells off Trump over his December 12 'inauguration ceremony'

Ndung'u Wa Gathua.
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Raila Odinga when he took the oath of office as Prime Minister following the promulgation of the 2010 constitution. [Photo|]

Opposition chief Raila Odinga has rejected a US push to establish a government of national unity headed by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

US President Donald Trump dispatched top Africa diplomat Donald Yamamoto to Nairobi for two days to help find a common ground between NASA and Jubilee.

“The United States also urges opposition leaders to work within Kenya’s laws to pursue the reforms they seek and avoid extra-constitutional actions such as the proposed 'inauguration ceremony' on December 12,” the US Embassy in Nairobi said in a statement on Wednesday.

It added: "We again call for an immediate, sustained, open, and transparent national conversation involving all Kenyans to build national unity, address long-standing issues, and resolve the deep divisions that the electoral process has exacerbated."

According to the US, the national dialogue can lead to a constitutional amendment, paving the way for the creation of the position of Prime Minister and two deputies to accommodate NASA.

Yamamoto landed in Nairobi on Monday where he met with the Raila-led NASA coalition, civil society groups and President Kenyatta. Yamamoto first met Raila and his team on Tuesday before meeting Kenyatta on Wednesday.

The diplomat was accompanied by US National Security Council Director for Africa Jonathan Howard. According to the Star, he was to meet Raila again on Wednesday before flying to Ethiopia where he will meet the African Union and other officials.

Rejecting US appeals to call off his 'inauguration', Raila says he will be sworn in as President by a People's Assembly on Tuesday next week.

NASA on Wednesday wrote to 11 opposition governors requesting venues for Raila's swearing-in as the People's President against US advice.

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