Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka has bowed to pressure and will now take an oath as the Deputy People’s President on February 28 in Uhuru Park.
In what could be a re-enactment of the events of last month, the Opposition also intends to use the occasion to launch a new push for a referendum to amend the Constitution and bring back the positions of Prime Minister and two deputies.
The positions existed briefly under the Grand Coalition government in 2008-2013,and were occupied by Raila Odinga, Musalia Mudavadi and Uhuru Kenyatta respectively.
Soon after the repeat Presidential election on October 26 last year, the National Council of Churches of Kenya said the positions should be re-introduced to enhance inclusivity in the Executive. It also called for the creation of the formal position of Leader of the Opposition to be held by the losing Presidential candidate.
Kalonzo was derided as a watermelon and a coward after he failed to take the oath with Raila Odinga on January 30.
It is understood that the other co-principals, ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi and and Ford Kenya’s Moses Wetang’ula have also agreed to attend.
Top NASA officials told the Star on Monday that Kalonzo’s oath would be one of the items of the first People’s Convention’s agenda which will focus on the referendum.
Kalonzo’s lieutenants confirmed the oath plan but remained cagey on the finer details.
By Fred Mulwa.