Raila: Canaan is un­stop­pable, we’ll get jus­tice

‘Kenyans will lib­er­ate them­selves from graft, po­lit­i­cal op­pres­sion de­ceit’

The Star (Kenya) - - Front Page - JAMES MURIMI @James­murymy ALVIN RATEMO

NASA leader Raila Odinga has main­tained that the jour­ney to Canaan is still on course and he will not re­lent in the quest for jus­tice, fol­low­ing a dis­puted pres­i­den­tial elec­tion

NASA filed a pe­ti­tion chal­leng­ing Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta’s win and the Supreme Court is ex­pected to make a rul­ing by Fri­day.

Raila said Kenya is go­ing through dif­fi­cult times and urged cit­i­zens to pray “so as to get to the promised land”.

Speak­ing to journalists after a church ser­vice at All Saints’ Cathe­dral, Nairobi, yes­ter­day, he said his team has al­ready shep­herded cit­i­zens past Jeri­cho, head­ing to­wards the City of Jerusalem.

“We are as­sur­ing Kenyans that we shall get to Jerusalem and no force on earth will pre­vent the will of the peo­ple of Kenya from lib­er­at­ing them­selves from the cor­rup­tion, po­lit­i­cal op­pres­sion and de­ceit that has char­ac­terised the gov­ern­ment of Ju­bilee in the last fourand-a-half years,” Raila said.

He said the jour­ney to Canaan has been en­tan­gled by dif­fi­cul­ties akin to those which the Is­raelites in the Bi­ble en­dured, but ex­uded con­fi­dence that NASA will emerge vic­to­ri­ous.

“The coun­try is go­ing through very dif­fi­cult times and many Kenyans are hurt­ing be­cause of what happened on Au­gust 8. Kenyans are crav­ing jus­tice and that’s the rea­son we came here to pray so that jus­tice is done,” Raila said.

“The theme of to­day’s ser­mon was about the jour­ney to Canaan. We are on our way to the City of Jerusalem.”

Raila was with his wife Ida Odinga, Likoni MP-elect Mishi Mboko and his NASA co-prin­ci­pals Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses We­tang’ula.

The ODM party leader main­tained that their plan to hold a vigil at the Supreme Court would not be halted by the po­lice, as it is within the law.

Raila said the Con­sti­tu­tion de­mands that po­lice pro­tect cit­i­zens as they as­sem­ble. “The law is very clear that if Kenyans want to do some­thing, they just no­tify the po­lice. Po­lice should only pro­vide se­cu­rity but should not issue per­mis­sion. This is a free coun­try with free­dom of as­so­ci­a­tion, as­sem­bly and speech,” he said.

“That po­lice of­fi­cer needs to read the law bet­ter”.

NASA MPs Simba Arati (Dagoretti North), Gla­dys Wanga (Homa Bay), John Mbadi (Suba) and Ken Okoth (Ki­bra) led protests out­side the court but were dis­persed by po­lice shortly after hold­ing prayers.

On Fri­day, Nairobi po­lice com­man­der Japheth Koome said he will not al­low NASA to hold a vigil at the court.

NASA had writ­ten to Koome say­ing it in­tends to hold a peace­ful as­sem­bly at the court yes­ter­day from 10am to 6pm.

“This letter should act as a no­ti­fi­ca­tion for the as­sem­bly and also to re­quest you to pro­vide se­cu­rity,” reads the letter from cam­paign man­ager Wil­lis Otieno.

But Koome said, “We will not al­low any idlers within and around the Supreme Court. You can imag­ine if ev­ery­one comes with their sup­port­ers, this would re­sult in to­tal chaos”.

/ENOS TECHE

Ida Odinga, her hus­band NASA prin­ci­pal Raila Odinga and Bun­goma Se­na­tor Moses We­tang’ula at at All Saints’ Cathe­dral, Nairobi, yes­ter­day

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