Raila calls for national dialogue

Kenya is facing a serious political crisis that calls for a national constructive dialogue, former Prime Minister, Raila Odinga Satueday said.

Odinga said among the issues affecting the county was the muzzling of independent offices such as the judiciary that was unable to perform its duty freely as envisaged by the constitution.

National Super Alliance (NASA) leader said there was urgent need for Kenyans to craft a new political and electoral map for the country to unlock the political impasse.

He was speaking at Nyawara village in Ugenya constituency, Siaya County during the burial of the late David Orengo, an uncle to Siaya senator James Orengo.

Odinga said his coalition was ready to engage Jubilee Party in a constructive dialogue that would lead to a solution to the political crisis.

He said Jubilee leadership had failed the country but urged the citizens not to despair as NASA’s Canaan dream was still alive.

The former premier defended his controversial swearing in as the people’s president, saying that the event had turned out to be a global case study adding that the event had set pace for countries struggling for democracy.

Kenyans made a decision that gave courage to people who have been struggling with electoral injustice across the globe, he said adding that his swearing in was a challenge to impunity.

Odinga said the bold step he took opened a new chapter in the democratisation process that will see an end to perpetual electoral malpractices that catapults corrupt electoral losers into office.

I took the oath to end impunity of electoral injustice, he said, adding that the war against corruption and electoral injustice required the courage and resilience from leaders and the public at large.

The burial was attended by Senators Amos Wako (Busia), James Orengo (Siaya) and governor Cornel Rasanga (Siaya).

Others were MPs, Otieno Kajwang (Ruaraka), Elisha Odhiambo (Gem), Opiyo Wandayi (Ugunja), Christine Ombaka (Women MP), Jackline Oduol (Nominated) and James Nyikal (Seme) and a host of Members of the county assembly.

Source: Kenya News Agency