Raila: Canaan is unstoppable, we’ll get justice
‘Kenyans will liberate themselves from graft, political oppression deceit’
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”.
Ida Odinga, her husband NASA principal Raila Odinga and Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula at at All Saints’ Cathedral, Nairobi, yesterday