We don’t want to be like Besigye who had no plan – Kenya’s Raila Odinga

Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga

Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga


Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga has finally set the 30th of January, as the date he and his deputy Kalonzo Musyoka will swear themselves in as Kenya’s leaders.

The leaders vowed to resist pressure from their supporters to “lift the Bible and be sworn into office casually”, saying they will follow a strict programme drawn by their advisers.

“We now have a plan,” Mr Odinga said. “It is not about carrying the Bible alone. We must have a plan after the Bible. We don’t want to be like (Ugandan opposition leader Kizza) Besigye, who took oath without a plan.”

Following the October 26th election that the opposition boycotted, there has been pressure from some of Mr Odinga’s supporters for him to be sworn as President.

However even as the opposition takes this path, the Daily Nation reports that some of Mr Odinga’s co-principals in the National super alliance (NASA) like Wiper democratic movement head Dr Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka are urging Kenya’s president, Uhuru Kenyatta, to embrace dialogue to save the country from the effects of the post-election standoff.

“If the situation is intolerable, there must be negotiations. If negotiations cannot work, then Article 1 of the Constitution should be held. We are telling Jubilee to see the mood of the nation.” Kalonzo said.

After the February 2016 election in Uganda, a video surfaced on the internet, of opposition presidential candidate Kizza Besigye being sworn in as president of Uganda.

Like Odinga in Kenya, Besigye had claimed he had won the 2016 election, and would not recognise anyone else as president.

He was arrested, charged with treason, and jailed in Karamoja, and when he was granted bail, police put him under house arrest in his Kasangati home.