In Summary
  • Nasa will honour individuals killed in the recent demonstrations in Siaya, Kisumu and Bondo counties.
  • In Meru County, the coalition’s anti-IEBC rally was marred by protests from rival youths, leading to its cancellation.

Nasa leader Raila Odinga has said he is ready for talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta, but pointed out that they should be on a free and fair election and not a coalition government.

Mr Odinga made the remarks as he announced the suspension of the anti-Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) demonstrations.

He said the National Super Alliance will, instead, hold public rallies from Wednesday to explain to its supporters why a fresh presidential election should not be held on October 26 as planned by the IEBC.

COALITION GOVERNMENT
He said his team is ready for dialogue “as soon as yesterday” as long as the meeting is on how a free and credible election can be conducted in line with the Supreme Court orders, and not on forming a coalition government.

“The impression that has been created is that it is me who wants nusu mkate,” he said.

This was in reference to claims by the Jubilee leadership that the Nasa protests were a ploy aimed at ensuring that Mr Odinga and his colleagues are included in a coalition government as was the case after the 2007/2008 post-election violence.

“I have never called Mr Kenyatta to demand a coalition government. Such claims are, therefore, preposterous.

"If it is a free, fair and credible election, I am ready at any time. Nasa wants to form the government. We want a full loaf because we earned it. We won the August 8 election,” he said at Wilson Airport in Nairobi.

VIOLENCE
In Meru County, the coalition’s anti-IEBC rally was marred by protests from rival youths, leading to its cancellation.

Tension ran high throughout the day as Jubilee and Nasa supporters clashed ahead of the rally.

Youths chanting Jubilee slogans lit fires at the entrance to the Laare coffee factory grounds, where the meeting was to be held before the opposing camps started pelting each other with stones.

Police officers had to use tear gas to disperse the increasing number of pro-Jubilee youths who kept surging towards the venue.

RALLY
However, at 2pm, it became clear the rally had been cancelled after organisers started removing tents, chairs and the red carpet from the grounds.

Meru County ODM chairman Robert Kathata said the meeting had been cancelled since Mr Odinga and other Nasa co-principals could not fly due to bad weather.

“We will announce another date for our rally. However, we maintain that there will be no election on October 26,” Mr Kathata said.

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