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Vol 58 No 23

Published 17th November 2017


Unpacking Raila's resistance

As the country simmers after its election re-run, churchmen take to diplomacy – and politicians to the street and social media

In an eloquent address to a full auditorium at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC on the morning of 9 November, Raila Odinga, leader of Kenya's opposition National Super Alliance (Nasa), explained for the first time in detail what he had in mind for resolving Kenya's deepening political crisis. He wanted President Uhuru Kenyatta to step down immediately, 'since his tenure legally expired on 1 November' (the date by which the Supreme Court wanted a repeat election held), and demanded that his government be replaced by 'an interim government of shared power between Nasa and Uhuru's Jubilee administration'. This, he said, is because 'Kenya is hurtling towards outright dictatorship… under a reign of terror targeting the electoral commission and the judiciary.'

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