NASA's People's Assembly Suspended

DP Ruto's message to Kalonzo Mudavadi and Wetangula

DP Ruto's message to Kalonzo Mudavadi and Wetangula

The opposition National Super Alliance has suspended the People's Assembly forums following talks between President Uhuru Kenyatta and NASA leader Raila Odinga.

NASA strategist David Ndii said their move became necessary after their leader Raila Odinga signed a memorandum with President Kenyatta in a move that has kicked off the process of uniting the country.

"We have a responsibility as leaders to be able to come together to discuss these issues and to find solutions that will bind our people, that will unify the country, that will give us a lifecycle that is beyond the five [election] years", the President said on Friday after the meeting with Odinga.

"They opposed the People's Assemblies and went for the quest for electoral justice, then asked Mr Odinga to help them focus on the 2022 elections".

They said they only learnt of it via the media and demanded a blow-by-blow account of what transpired at Harambee House on Friday last week.

Interestingly, the NASA coalition had announced that the four co-principals will hold a special meeting in Athi River.

The Jubilee leaders were also quick to allay fears that the new alliance between Kenyatta and Odinga presented a new political matrix in the 2022 elections.

"Odinga's unilateral flight into the Jubilee Party corner is true to his surprise-and-attack style of politics", Mr Muluka said, adding that even though Monday's meeting had been prearranged, only three of the principals would attend, suggesting that Mr Odinga was not welcome.

Mr Odinga assured his co-principals that President Kenyatta has demonstrated willingness to work with the Opposition and will not renege on his promise.

But Mr Odinga defended his move, saying it was the best option given the challenges facing the Opposition in recent days. "Some people may want to betray us", he said during the burial of Siaya Senator James Orengo's uncle but did not elaborate.

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