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The National Super Alliance (Nasa) leader Raila Odinga has vowed he will swear himself in as the ‘people’s resident’. In a move likely to rekindle heightened political tension, Raila demanded structured dialogue with President Uhuru Kenyatta’s ruling administration, arguing that is the only way the country can heal.
“I have heard noble discussions and suggestions in this forum. I am going to carry the Bible… it is better to die for something than die for nothing. We are not going to remain patient forever.
Politics of exclusion and discrimination is what is causing problems in Kenya,” he said. Despite warning by Uhuru on secessionist calls by some opposition politicians, Raila said there are genuine concerns that cannot be dismissed.
“This country is on a ticking point. There are genuine concerns that cannot be dismissed through threats and language of blackmail. This can only be resolved through concrete positive dialogue. When you hear people calling for secession, it very serious,” he said.
Raila was speaking yesterday while attending Coastal Regional Consultative Forum in Mombasa to officially launch Coast people’s Assembly.
None of the other Nasa co-principals of the opposition alliance was present amid fears of looming fallout within affiliate parties over the controversial push for the Assemblies and the Nasa Resistance Movement (NRM). However, Raila was quick to hold brief for them saying they are together.
He said Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka has been preoccupied withyhis ailing wife in Germany for the last two months but said they are in constant phone communication. He also delivered greetings to the gathering from Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi and Bungoma senator Moses Wetang’ula.