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Nasa sets the stage for political battles

Opposition leaders Raila Odinga and Musalia Mudavadi addressing a Press conference at the Okoa Kenya Secretariat offices in Nairobi on October 31, 2017. photo | dennis onsongo | nmg
Opposition leaders Raila Odinga and Musalia Mudavadi addressing a Press conference at the Okoa Kenya Secretariat offices in Nairobi on October 31, 2017. photo | dennis onsongo | nmg 

Opposition leader Raila Odinga on Tuesday announced the establishment of a people’s assembly, in a move that left a dark cloud of political instability hanging over a country that is already weary of a lengthy electoral season.

Mr Odinga said the assembly would form the basis of his coalition’s opposition to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government, which he described as an illegitimate product of a flawed electoral process.

“Sham elections portend a president, who is in office unconstitutionally. A president elected in this manner cannot legitimately exercise authority on behalf of the people,” he said.

Political analysts reckoned that Mr Odinga’s National Super Alliance’s (Nasa) decision to revert to the popular movement in its war with the Kenyatta government is meant to exercise people power against Jubilee’s tyranny of numbers in Parliament and at county assemblies.

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