NASA leader Raila Odinga during the Labour Day celebrations at Uhuru Park on May 1, 2018. PHOTO/COURTESY – John Makuba
NASA lleader Raila Odinga has finally lifted the coalition’s boycott against brands he accused of favouring President Uhuru Kenyatta’s controversial victory in the last year’s general election.
Speaking at Uhuru Park during the Labour Day celebrations precided over by Labour Cabinet Secretary Okur Yattar who represented President Uhuru Kenyatta, the country’s second Premier announced the lifting of the boycott against telecom giant Safaricom Ltd, K24 Tv, Brookside and BIDCO companies.
“We have forgiven those companies and I now urge our NASA supporters to lift the boycott.” Raila told the congregation which included COTO Secretary-General Mr Francis Atwoli.
Raila had accused the brands of colluding with the Jubilee government to rig him out and led millions of his supporters in boycotting the said companies.
It was the first time the ODM Party Leader was returning to Uhuru Park after being ‘sworn in’ as the People’s President on January 30th 2018.
The mock swearing-in, which was dramatically boycotted by his co-Principals Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula changed the course of politics in Kenya, leading to the famous handshake between Raila and Uhuru.
However, only Musalia Mudavadi was present at the function today.
Ford Kenya’s Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula and WIPER leader Kalonzo Musyoka did not show up but that did not stop Mr Odinga from ‘defending’ their absence.
“We have ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi but the other co-principals Hon Kalonzo Musyoka and Senator Moses Wetang’ula have sent their greetings and good will message to you all and NASA is still intact.” Raila added.
This comes barely a month after his handshake with Uhuru deteriorated his relationship with the other NASA leaders who accused him of betraying the coalition’s agenda of fighting electoral injustices in Kenya.
Other leaders at the fete today included Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, Education CS Amina Mohamed among others.
Kenyans normally mark Labour Day on every 1st of May each year.