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US makes relentless attempts to stop Raila’s oathing plan

The United States of America on Tuesday warned Nasa leader Raila Odinga that he risks ruining his hard-fought legacy should he go ahead with his plans to be sworn in as the “people’s president”.

While urging Mr Odinga to drop his oathing bid, Mr Donald Yamamoto, the acting assistant secretary for African Affairs in President Donald Trump’s administration, promised to bring the former prime minister and President Uhuru Kenyatta to a table of negotiations on political and electoral reforms.

Mr Odinga has in recent days asked the government to stop issuing death threats to National Super Alliance leaders over the planned swearing-in ceremony, and warned that he is not afraid of death for “treason”.

In a teleconference with Kenyan reporters, Mr Yamamoto repeatedly praised Mr Odinga’s political record and his commitment to achieving reforms in Kenya.

“We’ve known the former prime minister over the years,” he said. “He has a great story — the need for political reform. He is famous for, noted for, respected for reforms.”

Recounting a recent discussion with the Nasa leader in Nairobi, Mr Yamamoto noted that he had urged the 72-year-old politician to focus on his “legacy.”


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