Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga proposes ‘People’s Assembly’

Kenya opposition leader proposes 'People's Assembly'
Kenyan opposition leader of the National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition Raila Odinga speaks during a news conference in Nairobi, Kenya October 31, 2017. Courtesy Photo.

Kenya opposition leader Raila Odinga said on Tuesday 31st, October 2017 that he would use pickets and petitions to protest October 26th repeat presidential poll and convene a “People’s Assembly” to try to improve governance but made no mention of challenging the result.

“We will guard our right to dissent by exercising it,” Odinga said in a long-awaited television address. He emphasized that he wanted to limit his protests to well-recognised, legal avenues.

Mr Odinga termed the election a sham, though he made no mention of challenging the result in court as he did the disputed August 8 election.

Uhuru Kenyatta was declared winner with 98.26 percent of the votes cast. Voting however did not happen in 25 constituencies in Homa Bay, Siaya, Migori, and Kisumu where opposition supporters barred the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) officials from delivering voting material and engaged police in running battles.

Earlier before Raila Odinga’s much anticipated announcement, journalists walked out out of Wiper Party Movement offices in Lavington, Nairobi in protest after NASA Coalition supporters attacked them. The Journalists had camped at Kalonzo Musyoka’s party offices for the announcement by NASA leader Raila Odinga.

By Michael Wandati