- NASA and Jubilee talks may finally be happening.
- United Nations (UN) sends former Nigerian president, Olusegun Obasanjo.
The National Super Alliance (NASA) have been pushing the Jubilee government for talks abut the country’s leadership and future. ODM-Kenya principal, Kalonzo Musyoka even went ahead to say that Kenya may end up like Somalia and Sudan if the government doesn’t sit down with the opposition principals.
The United Nations has been watching and have decided to send Olusegun Obasanjo, former Nigerian president to mediate talks between the two rival parties. The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres spokesman Stephane Dujarric confirmed this when fielding questions from Inner City Press in Geneva last Friday, January 19.
“As you know, the political situation in Kenya is one we’ve been following closely, especially the ongoing preparation by the Opposition, the National Super Alliance, for the swearing-in planned for January. It’s in that context that the Secretary-General asked the former president Obasanjo who, as you know, is a member of the Secretary-General’s High-Level Mediation Panel, to visit Kenya,” said Dujarric.
Both Jubilee and NASA however, have denied knowledge of Obasanjo’s presence in the country fro mediation talks.
National Assembly Majority Leader, Aden Duale refused to respond when asked about the meeting but went ahead to say, “We have not met him and we have no time. Kenya is a sovereign country and not a colony of the UN,”. He also added that attempts to bring the two rival parties together would inevitably fail.
Some sources from the opposition confided that Obasanjo held talks with some of its principals but Silas Jakakimba denied. “President Obasanjo is known to travel to Kenya from time to time and it would be highly speculative and inaccurate to peg his visit on mediation talks between Uhuru and Raila if indeed he is around,” he said.
NASA still hold the swearing-in scheduled for January 30 despite the confusion on venue since Uhuru Park was shut down.