June 17, 2019

Petition filed to stop NASA swearing-in

A group has moved to court to stop the swearing-in of Opposition leader Raila Odinga on January 30.

The lobby group, Bunge la Mwananchi, moved to the High Court on Wednesday (24/1/18) seeking to stop Raila from taking oath.

The group wants the National Super Alliance (NASA) declared to be violating Article 1 of the Constitution should they conduct the ceremony.

According to the group, the swearing-in will amount to a mockery of the Constitution and lead to civil disobedience.

“The conduct of NASA risks Kenya to unwarranted security threat both internally and externally.

“Article 1 of the Constitution of Kenya is in force, and that it is mandatory that exercise of the sovereignty of the people of Kenya after a general election is through its elected representatives,” the group’s lawyer Dennis Kirwa Kosgei stated.

Attorney General Githu Muigai also filed a petition at the High Court last week seeking to block NASA’s event.

AG Muigai asked the court to rule as illegal motions that were passed by 15 county assemblies backing the creation of constituent assemblies, which plan to declare Raila as the country’s leader.

The case was certified as urgent and will be heard on the same date that NASA plans to swear in the Opposition chief.

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko on Wednesday closed down Uhuru Park ahead of Raila’s inauguration.

The Nairobi City County government closed down the recreational park from any gathering and meetings.

“Notice is hereby given to the general public that Uhuru Park Grounds is scheduled to undergo phased improvement works in order to enhance usefulness to its visitors,” read a notice by Acting County Secretary Leboo Ole Morintat.

The directive raised suspicion of its timing within NASA which had expressed interest in using the venue for their planned swearing-in.

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