Kenyan opposition suspends "People's Assembly" after rivals meet

Erika Holt
March 13, 2018

The activities of the People's Assemblies were on Monday suspended in favour of the inclusivity program launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odinga, on Friday.

"We have accepted. We acknowledge that it is better to reason together than separately", the NASA Peoples Assembly Organising Committee said, in the first sign that rank-and file campaigners backed the leaders' surprise reconciliation.

Mr. Mahama, alongside other observer groups, had declared the August 8, 2017 elections which the incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta won, as free and fair, despite the irregularities alleged by Kenya's opposition leader, Raila Odinga.

In a statement read by Mr. Mudavadi, they revealed Mr. Odinga briefed them on the details of his meeting with President Kenyatta and resolved to have their respective parties ratify the decision to work with the government on unity.

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While announcing the formation of the People's Assemblies late previous year, Odinga said the formation will be a broad based forum consisting of elected leaders and the leadership of other sectors of society in particular workers, civil society, religious leaders, women, youth and economic interest groups.

Speaking at Okoa Kenya secretariat, Ndii however maintained that the opposition coalition NASA will not hesitate to resume its push for reforms should the deal between the 2 leaders end in a breach.

"We are therefore suspending the people's assembly process, we want the process to be honest, truthful and unifying".

In Nairobi County, the ODM wing has welcomed the unity calls and urged the other co-principals to join in the process of uniting the country.

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