Nasa announces plan to roll out ‘people’s assembly’

The National Super Alliance (Nasa) yesterday moved to establish its people’s assembly by drawing in governors from some of its backyards to support the structure.

A statement released to the media by Nasa CEO Norman Magaya said governors who met yesterday in Nairobi agreed to take the proposal to their county assemblies for approval and to mobilise grassroot leaders to a conference to be convened. However, Magaya did not give details of how many governors met.

Also released was a picture of some Nasa Members of Parliament and civil society representatives, wearing white T-shirts adorned with a clenched fist logo and the word ‘Resist!’ and green caps, seated with coalition leader Raila Odinga.

Magaya’s statement said the meeting was presided over by Nasa principals Raila Odinga, Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetang’ula. Magaya said the proposed ‘people’s assembly’ will include Nasa governors, their deputies, senators, MPs and MCAs.

In the statement to newsrooms yesterday, Magaya said a convention would be held in Nairobi soon to fine-tune the formation of the outfit. “The convention shall make decisions and recommendations on constitutionalism for purposes of attaining its declared objectives,” he said. Among the changes Nasa is pushing for include safeguarding of devolution.

Magaya said governors have expressed concern about the operations of the devolved units and cited frustration with the disbursement of funds to the counties. Other constitutional changes the opposition plans to advocate include to the architecture and structure of the Executive and Parliament.

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