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Why NASA has pushed its big announcement despite Raila return from Zanzibar
By Fay Ngina | Updated Nov 23, 2017 at 11:28 EAT
NASA leader Raila Odinga
  • Raila Odinga has returned to the country after a four-day visit to Zanzibar
  • NASA has pushed its big announcement to Saturday 

National Super Alliance (NASA) Coalition leaders are preparing to make their big announcement on Saturday 25 November ahead of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s swearing-in on Tuesday 28 November.

The announcement was to be made on Thursday 23 November but was pushed to Saturday after NASA leader Raila Odinga failed to make an early return to the country from Zanzibar.

The Opposition leader had travelled to Zanzibar hours before the Supreme Court’s ruling against the two petitions filed challenging President Uhuru’s October 26 win.

His trip to Zanzibar was confirmed by his long-term advisor Salim Lone while speaking to the London New York Times, saying that unrest forced Mr Odinga to fly to Zanzibar.

"The unrest pushed Odinga out of the country. He left Kenya and is now in Zanzibar, off the coast of mainland Tanzania,” said Mr Lone.

However, Raila Odinga jetted back to the country on Wednesday 22 November evening after being in Zanzibar for four days. Details of what the NASA leader was doing in Zanzibar are not clear but photos that circulated on social media showed that he was on a holiday.

The NASA leaders have maintained that they will not recognize President Uhuru’s Kenyatta’s government and still have plans to swear-in Raila Odinga as president.

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