The National Super Alliance (NASA) has insisted on holding its chief’s swearing in ceremony at Uhuru Park grounds even after the Nairobi County Government announced having locked out the grounds temporarily for renovation.
NASA strategist David Ndii, who is heading the coalition’s steering committee, says the administrative action by City Hall was a breach on the people’s constitutional right to assembly which they will oppose by using the same venue as had been planned.
“The only way forward for the people who value their rights is to challenge this move and the way to challenge it is by going there,” he said.
He indicated that there will be festivity across the country as the coalition’s supporters grace their leadership ahead of the oath taking ceremony by NASA leaders Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka.
The coalition will this weekend hold People’s Assembly meetings in Migori (Saturday) and Kisii (Sunday) before returning to the capital for the swearing in ceremony, which the strategist said will not be postponed.
Most counties had not been allocated days for holding the meetings which the opposition pact intends to finalise in February before embarking on a national convention later next month. In an address to the public on Thurday afternoon the coalition expressed readiness to take up dialogue on power sharing and electoral justice.
Ndii indicated that they (NASA) were ready for talks say this was inevitable. “We are prepared for dialogue on electoral justice, we will talk about this at some point anyway,” said Ndii.
He said power sharing negotiations could only be born out of communities in Kenya and not business or religious leaders. This, he said, is because the power belonged to the people. Attorney General Githu Muigai is in court challenging the constitutionality of the move by several counties to form the People’s Assemblies.
A group, Bunge La Wananchi, has also sued Nasa over the Uhuru Park planned meeting.