The wife of National Super Alliance (NASA) presidential candidate Raila Odinga has opened up on why her husband was not sworn-in as president as had been planned.
Speaking after the failed ceremony, Ida Odinga said reveled that the other three principals – Kalonzo Musyoka, Moses Wetang’ula and Musalia Mudavadi – were against the plans. Read
She said that the international community led by United States ambassador Bob Godec were worried the swearing-in would damage the reputation of the opposition leader. Read
In reports by The Star and seen by TUKO.co.ke, Ida opened the lid on the intrigues preceding the much hyped event saying she also feared for her husband who risked being jailed for life for treason.
Accpording to Ida, former Machakos senator Jonstone Muthama was a strong supporter of Raila’s bid to be sworn-in while Siaya senator James Orengo took a low profile on the matter behind the scenes.
Raila had surprised the opposition coalition on Tuesday, November 28 when he announced that he would be sworn in as president on Jamhuri Day.
Since then, a seven-member technical committee was formed to advise the principals on the way forward.
Several consultations between Raila, Mudavadi and Wetang’ula were held where Raila was told to abandon his swearing-in bid as it was feared it could lead to deaths of many Kenyans.
Musyoka communicated through his deputy Farah Maalim and Makueni govenor Kivutha Kibwana who also prevailed on Raila to preserve his legacy.
The event was finally called off following a stern warning from the government that those involved would be charged with treason.