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FOREIGN ENVOYS URGE RAILA TO EMBRACE DIALOGUE AND END POLITICAL STANDOFF

Raila Odinga under pressure from foreign diplomats

Several foreign diplomats, led by US Ambassador Robert Godec and the British High Commissioner Nic Hailey, met Kenya’s main opposition leader Raila Odinga and other Nasa leaders on Friday, and urged them to engage in a national dialogue to address underlying issues.

“Religious and business leaders and diplomats met NASA leaders today. Urged government, opposition and all Kenyans to engage in open, transparent national conversation to address underlying issues and strengthen institutions to help Kenya. Stress need to uphold Constitution”, Ambassador Godec said on his Twitter handle.

The meeting came ahead of Nasa’s plans to swear in Raila Odinga on 12 December as the “people’s president”.

ODINGA CRITICISES FOREIGN DIPLOMATS

Nasa has maintained that it does not recognize the legitimacy of Uhuru’s presidency as he was fraudulently elected, they claim.

On Thursday, Raila asked the US not to interfere with Kenyan affairs by asking him to abide by the constitution, saying that Kenyans can solve their own problems.

Odinga had also, prior to the repeat presidential poll in October 26, told off foreign envoys whom he accused of being hell-bent on pushing Kenyans into an election that would not be credible and which would only throw the country into deeper political crisis.

Odinga had questioned the diplomats silence on the resignation last week of Dr Roselyn Akombe and her revelations that the IEBC was incapable of delivering credible elections.

NASA UNVEILS THE PEOPLE’S ASSEMBLY ROAD MAP 

The National Super Alliance (NASA) has also unveiled the People’s Assembly road map, which they say will lead to a fresh election in the first quarter of 2018.

According to ODM Executive Director Oduor Ong’wen, the People’s Assembly will push for a fresh free and fair election within the first half of 2018 or pursue avenues for self-determination for those who believe in democratic constitutionalism.

“The end game of the People’s Assembly for Kenyans is to return to democratic government by holding free and fair elections,” he said

12 counties have so far passed the People’s Assembly motion.

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