PRESS STATEMENT:

NOVEMBER 8, 2017.

NASA DIRECTS MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT TO ATTEND COUNTY ASSEMBLY DEBATES ON PEOPLE’S ASSEMBLY MOTION:

Opposition Leader Raila Odinga has directed the Parliamentary wing of the National Resistance Movement of NASA to put off all engagements in Nairobi and attend sessions at the County Assemblies where the Motion on the establishment of a People’s Assembly will be going on starting tomorrow.

Mr. Odinga, who arrived in the US this evening, has asked the NRM to attend and stand in solidarity with county assemblies that have will be debating the motion.

The Opposition leader has asked NRM parliamentary wing to be at the assemblies beginning tomorrow and, where necessary, provide guidance to Members of County Assemblies on the Motion.

Raila said: “By and large, we are confident that our county assemblies are well-briefed on the Motion following our session with the governors and the MCAs will be equal to the task when the Motion is tabled tomorrow. Still, it is a new territory and we ask our members of the National Assembly and the Senate who have had more time to ventilate on this matter to show up at the counties tomorrow in solidarity and for guidance.”

The Motion was unveiled by NASA co-principals Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula yesterday.



It has since been dispatched to the following counties:

Mombasa
Kwale
Kilifi
Lamu
Taita Taveta
Tana River
Nairobi
Homa Bay
Migori
Kisumu
Siaya.
Busia
Kakamega.
Bungoma
Vihiga.
Kitui
Machakos
Makueni
Turkana.
The Motion is designed to pass the following resolutions:

The presidential elections held on 8th August 2017 and 26th October 2017 were each and all invalid, null and void; and no government formed and/or president declared as a consequence thereof, and considering the neglible turnout in the presidential elections held on the latter date, can have constitutional authority or legitimacy to govern;

A Peoples Assembly be formed to discuss and determine the affairs of the country and recommend a pathway towards and for the achievement of the promise, aspirations, objectives and rights and freedoms provided by the Constitution of Kenya 2010;

The House and its membership will participate in the proceedings of the People’s Assembly and will constitute a special college for the appointment or election of members, delegations and observers to the People’s Assembly;

A truly independent electoral and boundaries commission be established with a view of holding a fresh presidential election on or before 9th February 2018;

The action and performance of constitutional commissions including the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, the National Police Service, the National Intelligence Service, the Public Service Commission, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission and the National Cohesion and Integration Commission be reviewed with the purpose of ensuring that the said commissions are independent to enable them protect the sovereignty of the people and to promote constitutionalism;



Appropriate measures be undertaken to safeguard and promote devolution and the organs and instruments of devolution including county assemblies and county governments and secure their financial viability and security with the ultimate objective of the creation of larger and autonomous devolved units within one indivisible sovereign nation; and

A review of the Constitution of Kenya 2010 be undertaken to reform the structure of the Executive and Parliament and devolution and to reinforce concrete measures for the promotion of inclusivity, the welfare of the marginalized, the advancement of women and youth, the eradication of corruption and poverty and to secure social justice, equality and fairness.

DENNIS ONYANGO

NOVEMBER 8, 2017.

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