8 March 2018

Kenya: How Kalonzo, Mudavadi 'Waited Call From Nigeria' as Odinga Took Oath

Photo: Moses Muoki/Capital FM
Holding up a green bible, Raila Odinga administered the oath himself - but without Kalonzo Musyoka, his running mate in the 2017 general election.

Fresh details have emerged on Raila Odinga's mock presidential oath at Uhuru Park in Nairobi on January 30.

Amani National Congress (ANC), a constituent party of the National Super Alliance (Nasa), now claims Mr Odinga "fooled" his co-principals in order to be sworn in alone.

ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi, Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka and their Ford-Kenya counterpart Moses Wetang'ula skipped the event.

ANC secretary-general Barrack Muluka on Wednesday night said Mr Odinga threw his colleagues into a spin when he appeared alone at Uhuru Park despite an agreement to meet before the event.

He termed the swearing-in a "dramatic statement", which was just a "demonstration of frustration in point of facts".


"He (Raila) told these three gentlemen to switch off their phones, and that he would reach them using a foreign number from Nigeria (sic), to tell them where they should meet that morning. That call never came," Mr Muluka told Citizen TV.

He claimed Mr Odinga "lied" about his whereabouts on the morning of January 30 only to appear at Uhuru Park alone to take the oath.

"The three principals were not foolish enough to switch off their phones so they agreed to meet in the home of one of them. One of the principals managed to get him (Raila) and that call was put on speaker phone," he said.

"Raila said 'I'm marooned' and he was asked by who? And he said, 'these people'", Mr Muluka said.

"He was asked, marooned by police or the military? he quickly said 'I will call you and tell you how we can meet', then he left for Uhuru Park."


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