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Tuesday, 13 February 2018

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Date and venue Kalonzo musyoka will be sworn in

Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka has bowed to pressure and will now take an oath as the Deputy People's President on February 28 in Uhuru Park, the Star can report.
In what could be a re-enactment of the events of last month, the Opposition also intends to use the occasion to launch a new push for a referendum to amend the Constitution and bring back the positions of Prime Minister and two deputies.
The positions existed briefly under the Grand Coalition government in 2008-2013,and were occupied by Raila Odinga, Musalia Mudavadi and Uhuru Kenyatta respectively.
Soon after the repeat Presidential election on October 26 last year, the National Council of Churches of Kenya said the positions should be re-introduced to enhance inclusivity in the Executive. It also called for the creation of the formal position of Leader of the Opposition to be held by the losing Presidential candidate.
Kalonzo was derided as a watermelon and a coward after he failed to take the oath with Raila Odinga on January 30.
It is understood that the other co- principals, ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi and and Ford Kenya's Moses Wetang’ula have also agreed to attend.
Top NASA officials told the Star on Monday that Kalonzo's oath would be one of the items of the first People's Convention's agenda which will focus on the referendum.
Kalonzo's lieutenants confirmed the oath plan but remained cagey on the finer details.
There was a meeting at Wiper today [yesterday] and the swearing- in of Kalonzo is in the pipeline.
But Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Junior confirmed the plan, saying “There are a few issues they are sorting out as principals first, but he will be sworn in.”
Wiper Executive Director Jared Siso said Kalonzo’s oath is being handled at NASA's summit level and it is the principals who will give directions.
“The official position is that until the principals have agreed on the date and exact details then he will be sworn-in,” Siso said.
During a press conference last week, Kalonzo denied claims that he is coward and announced that he is ready for the oath once some outstanding issues are sorted out.
“How I wish I was able to do it [take the oath] right now. Taking the oath is not an issue. We are not cowards,” Kalonzo said.
The Wiper boss faces a delicate balance; he has to resuscitate his political career in the face of the recent backlash while sustaining his global reputation as a peacemaker.
The Western envoys that are pushing NASA to recognize Uhuru Kenyatta’s Presidency are reportedly waving possible Visa bans at Opposition hardliners around Raila.
The diplomats, led by US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec, maintain Uhuru is validly elected and that the Opposition must recognize this.
Responding to the diplomats yesterday in Mavoko constituency, the Wiper leader said the diplomatic community cannot push leaders to recognize what was blatant electoral injustice.
He said NASA is a people-driven movement and that its leaders cannot dictate to their supporters what to do or recognize.
“NASA and NRM is an idea which is in the minds and hearts of our people, even if you force Raila and myself to recognize Uhuru, can you force the supporters?”

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