It has now emerged that the opposition NASA coalition cancelled the controversial plan to swearin Raila Odinga as the people’s President after NASA principals allegedly received a total of Sh3 billion from Mt Kenya Foundation leaders to cancel the event.
According to highly placed sources within the Jubilee government, Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula allegedly brokered the deal moments before cancellation of Raila’s swearing in ceremony on Sunday that left many opposition supporters a disappointed lot.
Wetangula is said to have received the first batch of the enticement at Parliament buildings at the gym section where the Mt Kenya Foundation leaders led by Equity Chair Peter Munga are said to have dropped their first batch of Sh1.5b in foreign currency to initiate the talks with NASA leaders in order to shelve plans to swear in Raila.
According to a controversial Jubilee governor, who sought anonymity due to sensitivity of the matter, the second part of the bargain was delivered at Carnivore restaurant in Langata, where Wetangula and his fellow NASA principal Musalia Mudavadi received the remaining Sh1.5b, that finally led to cancellation of the swearing in ceremony that was to take place on Jamhuri Day at Tononoka grounds in Mombasa.
The move comes as a disappointment to ardent NASA supporters considering how dozens of Raila supporters were shot dead in Nairobi, Kisumu, Migori, Siaya and Homa Bay counties during protests over the controversial re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Raila is yet to appear in public since the cancellation of his swearing in although NASA officials have said the event was only postponed due to intervention by foreign envoys to pave way for negotiations on the opposition demands for electoral reforms.