In Summary
  • Nasa luminaries accused the military of being part of the security team that brutalised its supporters.

  • Kibra MP Ken Okoth condemned the state for using excess force to kill instead of dispersing demonstrators.

  • Mr Odinga may choose the mass action route or assume formlessness.

The National Super Alliance (Nasa) has asked its supporters to keep out of harm’s way.

Addressing a press conference at the Okoa Kenya headquarters in Nairobi’s Lavington Saturday, Nasa campaign officials Johnson Muthama and James Orengo condemned the brutality meted on its supporters in various parts of the country by security officers on Friday night and the better part of Saturday.

“We want our supporters to get away from harm’s way. These people are out to kill them and they should not give them that opportunity,” Mr Orengo stated.

KDF

Displaying spent cartridges with the Kenya Defence Forces marks they claim were recovered from Kibera, the Nasa luminaries accused the military of being part of the security team that brutalised its supporters in Nairobi’s Kibera and Mathare slums as well as Kisumu, Migori, Homa Bay and Siaya towns.

“They are from a paramilitary unit set up for this kind of operation. We said this before but no one was ready to listen to us,” Mr Orengo said.

They then marched towards Kibera to “stand in solidarity” with their supporters while insisting they were not going to incite them into violence.

In the same conference, Kibra MP Ken Okoth condemned the state for using excess force to kill instead of dispersing demonstrators.

“Some are celebrating what has happened in Kibera, tell me, that young girl shot at in their balcony, what crime did she commit? Today you celebrate extra-judicial killing and tomorrow it will be you. Our children have a right to life,” he said.

WAY FORWARD

The Nasa leaders spoke after attending a meeting chaired by the opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga to deliberate on the way forward following Friday night’s declaration of President Kenyatta as the winner of the August 8 election.

Mr Odinga and his co-principals did not attend the press conference, instead delegating Mr Orengo and Mr Muthama to address the media.

This is a departure from 2013 when Mr Odinga spoke immediately the results were announced, castigating the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) for “shoddy” work and telling his supporters that he would petition the verdict in court.

“Mr Odinga will make known his next course of action at an appropriate time,” Mr Orengo told reporters. He refused to take further questions on the subject.

NO COURT CASE

It also emerged that Mr Odinga, his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka, ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi who has also been the head of campaign and Bungoma Senator-elect Moses Wetang’ula had used the marathon meeting to evaluate the options at their disposal after ruling out challenging the results at the Supreme Court.

Mr Odinga has lost in the courts before, much of his evidence against Mr Kenyatta’s election in the previous election being locked out on technicality. During the campaigns, he was categorical that he will not seek judicial redress should he feel he has been robbed of victory.

A source at the six-hour meeting held at Mr Odinga’s Karen home and later at the Okoa Kenya Secretariat in Lavington said it focused on a number of issues like the ongoing crackdown on demonstrations and how to reclaim “his stolen” victory.

It was then decided that Mr Orengo and Mr Muthama address the press restating their positions, something the duo who also attended the meetings did at around 4 pm, two hours after their meeting ended.

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