Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka now says the ‘oath’ taken by NASA leader Raila Odinga is illegal.
Kalonzo dismissed reports that he is set to be sworn in as the “People’s Deputy President” on February 28, 2018, and said that the National Super Alliance leaders are still consulting on the controversial matter.
Speaking during Wiper women leaders league conference at Stonni Athi Resort in Machakos Kalonzo confirmed that the oath-taking ceremony was constitutionally illegal.
“I’ve seen the headline in the Star (newspaper) that I will be sworn on 28th… That’s news to me, this time we are very careful about the dates we give so that we are clear on which way we are going. We will bring to the notice of our people on the date,” said Kalonzo.
Kalonzo had recently asserted that he is ready to be sworn in but said holding a mock oathing ceremony is not a light matter and it requires proper legal consultation.
“They cannot arrest Raila probably because he will not be vying come 2022 but as for me, being their political rival, their wish is that I am arrested and prosecuted since to be sincere the oathing is against the constitution’” said Kalonzo speaking in Kamba.
Kalonzo further stated that the NASA leaders knew that the swearing-in ceremony was a violation of the law and they had anticipated the arrest of Mr. Odinga, a situation yet to happen.
“Before the Machakos County Assembly forum, we met with Raila at Panafric Hotel and he told us ‘once I take the oath I know they’ll arrest me and you guys should come and get me out.’ But the government could not arrest Raila because they know it could cause a political crisis, Raila knew that the swearing-in was against the constitution, that is the truth of the matter… We agreed that if we both take the oath, which is against the Constitution, we will accept the consequences,” said Kalonzo.
Mr. Kalonzo acknowledged that he risks arrest by taking the oath but at the same expressed confidence that he is not afraid to be sworn in.
“Don’t be misled by being told that Kalonzo is a coward. I am strong enough to make a decision that will benefit all our supporters,” he said.