NASA Leader Raila Odinga’s adviser, Salim Lone, has now issued a news statement,citing next steps to be taken by NASA and its supporters following the postponement of Odinga’s swearing-in ceremony.
In an earlier statement,Mr Lone had highlighted reasons that influenced NASA’s decision to call off the inauguration to a later date.
But it seems the statement was not sufficient enough to heal the emotional damage the postponement had done to its supporters.
In a new statement issued today,12th December,Mr Lone has clarified that the expected swearing-in (which was slated for 12th December) was to be more of a symbolic coronation rather than one meant for Raila to take command of the nation’s armed forces, or of the Treasury.
“The expected swearing-in had therefore become for the people a powerful symbol of resistance to the injustices and deprivations they are no longer willing to abide.”Read the statement in part.
“Those sworn in were not going to have command of the nation’s armed forces, or of the Treasury. Raila and NASA’s greatest strength is the number of Kenyans who back them.”Lone wrote.
Odinga’s long serving adviser further noted that although the dismay by Nasarites over the postponement is entirely understandable,they shouldn’t relent but be ready to comply with any new directive to be issued by its leadership.
He outlined that among the new tactics NASA would consider deploying could range from economic boycotts, peaceful demonstrations, and reliance on NASA affiliated county governments.
“…Whether as a symbolically sworn-in president or as NASA leader, he (Raila) can call them to assemble or demonstrate peacefully to back up justified demands that could paralyze government and business. Biting economic boycotts could still be organized against more business operations that support dictatorship or other unlawful actions.County governments and Governors can enhance security and economic opportunities…: Lone stated
Nonetheless,he noted that NASA would be relying on peaceful and constitutional means to pursue its cause.
“Nasarites should be aware of how fundamentally asymmetrical this struggle is in terms of the capacity to use force. If they began retaliating with violence, the other side has massive amounts of firepower that it has shown it is ready to use. So relying on peaceful and constitutional means to win back democracy, or indeed self-determination, is the principled thing to do – and is also in NASA’s own interest.”Read the statement,
Here is the full statement;
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