Kenyans exuded mixed reactions following sentiments shared by the head of National Super Alliance (NASA) technical committee, renowned economist David Ndii, on Tuesday evening via a local media outlet.
Ndii indicated that the coalition was ‘well prepared for mass action if the Supreme Court fails to consider its evidence.’
Kenyans online felt that Ndii’s comments were inciteful while others backed his ideology:
If you feel offended by Dr. David Ndii's sentiments , then you're part of the problems we are grappling with as a nation. — Donald Rabala (@RabalaDonald) August 22, 2017
Dear, NASA supporters as U prepare for Deadly Mass Action after losing Court battle, David Ndii and his family will be watching you on Tv ???? — Atanas (@atanasi_) August 23, 2017
Jubilee sycophants think David Ndii is inciting Kenyans. You guys have a problem. we will not live under dictatorship willingly. — Lavinah Deborah (@LavinahMchelsea) August 22, 2017
David Ndii a vampire that's thirsty for Kenyan people's blood. He is ready for mass action even if it means people or HIM dying. Watch this. pic.twitter.com/9hdby62r6h — NG'ANG'A THE BLOGGER (@IamNjokiKelvin) August 22, 2017
The economist argued that the move would be based on a need to seek a free democratic space where there was no oppression of Kenyans.
"We have been calling for mass action since 1991 and we will not stop as long as some people try to restore dictatorship. If change cannot come through the ballot, it will come through the bullet.
“Protestors do not kill, they only resist oppression. It is the police who shoot and kill when protestors resist. Any killing is initiated by the government. We will call for mass action,” he stated.
Ndii noted that his aim was not to incite Kenyans but to open their eyes and ensure that justice and democracy prevails. He blamed politicians for driving material politics instead of identity politics which has made citizens suffer for a long time.
“If you look at what’s going in the world, we think that we should discuss material politics, what we call development politics but if you look at what really bothers us, is identity politics. So what I have chosen to do intellectually is to give people the language to discuss this identity politics which is a taboo and has been made taboo by politicians who do not want us to discuss them,” Ndii explained.
Supporting NASA’s move to the Supreme Court, Ndii said that the case if properly executed, will not only overturn President Uhuru Kenyatta’s win but also expose to the world that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) conducted a fraudulent process on August 8.
"We as NASA clearly know that the problem we are dealing with is the political impunity and we know courts cannot solve this. We are fighting the election not just to win power but on grounds of implementing electoral reforms," he reiterated.