Raila tells off envoys calling for suspension of his ‘swearing-in’

Opposition leader Raila Odinga. He withdrew from the October 26 election.

NASA leader Raila Odinga has strongly condemned western envoys for meddling in Kenya’s political affairs while turning their back on police brutality.

Raila was speaking at City Mortuary in Nairobi where NASA leaders had gathered to condole with the families of 16 deceased victims of alleged police brutality.

“Our friends can give us advice, give those advice in private. Do not come and shout at us and tell us we are going to violate the constitution. Which constitution my foot!” he sternly said.

This comes in the wake of reports that the United States is pilling pressure on the opposition leader to abandon his planned swearing in, saying it is unconstitutional.

On Tuesday December 5, US Acting Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Donald Yamamoto met Raila Odinga with a push for dialogue with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

“The United States also urges Opposition leaders to work within Kenya’s laws to pursue the reforms they seek and to avoid extra constitutional actions such as the proposed ‘inauguration ceremony’ on December 12,” the US embassy said in a statement.

The opposition chief has however maintained a hard line, telling the western envoys ‘the will of the people cannot be stopped.

Further taking a swipe at them for not talking about the alleged police killings in the violent protests that followed the August 8 and October 26 elections.

“We thought we had friends but we were wrong and now we know they are enemies. Up to today, no single ambassador has condemned the killing of people by police,” said Raila.

“The western countries should, therefore, keep off the affairs of the country as Kenyan problems will only be solved by Kenyans themselves,” the opposition chief added.

Raila also claimed 215 people have died during the post-poll chaos whilst the government remained tight lipped about it, insisting their families deserved an apology.

He urged his supporters to continue advocating for electoral justice.

“We don’t recognise the swearing-in that took place because it was based on an election that we also don’t recognize,” he said.

The opposition outfit NASA donated Sh50,000 to each of the 16 families at the mortuary to facilitate the burial arrangements.

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