The Tononoka rally is at its crescendo with Prime Minister Raila Odinga scheduled to address the mass of humanity that turned up. Mombasa senator Omar Hassan and nominated senator Dr Agnes Zani now in the podium..
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Earlier Cord leaders Raila Odinga and Moses Wetangula Sunday said they will not yield to threats of arrest and prosecution and warned the Jubilee administration not to squander the opportunity for peaceful solution of Kenya’s problems. Raila said he has been arrested many times before and cannot be threatened with arrest or being detained now and asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to embrace national dialogue to stem what he described as rising popular discontent.
He and Wetangula were responding to threats of arrest by Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Ole Lenku to leaders who preach and sow anarchy over calls for national dialogue. The CORD leaders spoke to worshipers at church and later addressed thousands of supporters at the historic Tononoka Grounds in Mombasa where Wetangula and Raila warned that opportunity for peaceful solution to Kenya’s problems is running out.
Quoting from the Bible while attending a Sunday mass at the Neno Evangelism Centre in Mombasa, the former Prime minister said national dialogue was good for the country to avert angry reactions from suffering Kenyans following the current unbearable situations. Ã¢Â€ÂœI have been arrested several times and such action will not provide a solution to this country. IÃ‚ am seeking solutions for this country andÃ‚ I am not afraid of arrests or any other threats by the state,Ã¢Â€Â Raila said. Raila said national dialogue was good for President Kenyatta and his government as it was aimed at seeking solutions for the country peacefully and wondered why the President first accepted the talks and changed tune later.
He was accompanied to the church by Ã‚ Cord principal and Bungoma senator Moses Wetangula, Machakos senator Johnstone Muthama, Kakamega senator Bony Khalwale, Siaya senator James Orengo, Kisumu senator Anyang’ NyongÃ¢Â€Â™o, Taita Taveta governor John Mruttu, National assembly minority leader Mr Francis Nyenze, Mombasa deputy governor Hazel Katana, Nyali MP Awiti Bolo, Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa and Dagoreti North MP Simba Arati among others. Also present were Mombasa governor Hassan Ali Joho, Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar, Mombasa County MP Mishi Juma Mboko, MPs Gideon MungÃƒÂ¡ ro, Omar Mwinyi among others who accused the Jubilee government of being unwilling and incapable of solving land and other historic injustices at the Coast.
Additional Reporting by the Standard
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