NASA co-principal Kalonzo Musyoka has explained his conspicuous absence from an oath-taking ceremony at Uhuru Park yesterday.
The Wiper leader and fellow co-principals Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula failed to turn-up for the highly publicised event, leaving NASA supporters in a state of confusion.
With most people believing that the three had betrayed Raila Odinga, Kalonzo has allayed those fears and blamed his absence on the withdrawal of his security detail.
In an interview on local Kamba radio station, Mbaitu FM, Kalonzo said he was ready for the event until the government withdrew his security detail abruptly.
“I was at my house in Karen when a police lorry came very early and took all my bodyguards, there is no way I could have made it to Uhuru Park, I wish Kenyans could understand what we are going through, ” Kalonzo said.
The former Vice President reassured Nasa supporters that his absence should not be interpreted to mean he has betrayed them. He said NASA principals will meet before the end of this week to plan on the way forward and set a new date for his swearing in.
“We talked with my colleagues Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula and when it was clear we won’t make it we asked Raila to proceed, we are very united. Jubilee remains illegitimate government and we will do everything possible to get electoral justice,” he said.
In an earlier joint statement, the three co-principals said the NASA coalition is still united despite their absence at Uhuru Park.
“We met on Monday and agreed to meet again this morning(Tuesday). However, due to circumstances beyond our comprehension and control, the four of us did not assemble as planned. Nonetheless, the NASA Summit remains strong and united. The Summit will meet within two days, to address the immense challenges facing this country.”