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December 11, 2018

Journey to 'Canaan' very much on course, Raila tells Kenyans

NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga arrives for the presidential debate ahead of the general election, July 24, 2017. /REUTERS
NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga arrives for the presidential debate ahead of the general election, July 24, 2017. /REUTERS

Justice will be done at the Supreme Court, Raila Odinga has said, and assured Kenyans they will eventually get to 'Jerusalem'.

The NASA chief, who lost the presidential election to Uhuru Kenyatta, has been using Biblical analogies in telling the public it is time for change.

He has termed himself Kenya's Joshua who will lead the people to the 'promised land of Canaan' where there will be no discrimination.

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Speaking at All Saints Cathedral premises in Nairobi on Sunday, Raila said they have faith in the court and that Kenyans rights will be respected.

"We are on our way to the city of Jerusalem. We have already passed Jericho. We shall get to Jerusalem because no force will prevent the will of the people.

"Nothing will stop the will of the people to free themselves from corruption, deceit and the misrule that has characterised the Jubilee government," he said.

Raila said the promise they made during campaigns is still alive.

"The journey to Canaan is on course. It's not an easy journey but it is very much on course."


On NASA's prayer vigil outside the court later today, Raila said Nairobi police commander Japheth Koome should read the law before rejecting their notification for prayers.

"We don't seek any permission...the law is very clear...that police officer does not understand the law. We are past permissions. He needs to read the law better."

On Friday, Koome said he will not allow the Opposition coalition to hold a vigil at the Supreme Court ahead of petition hearings.

But an official of NASA party ODM said no law gives police powers to approve or reject notices for public gatherings,

Executive director Oduor Ong'wen said that it was "incomprehensible" for police to outlaw a prayer meeting.

More on this: Police don't have power to reject NASA prayers request - Oduor Ong'wen

The court has postponed its ruling on poll petition applications from 2pm to 7pm. It was to deliver rulings on interlocutory applications and begin the hearing of the main petition at 3pm today. 

The main hearings will now begin at 9am on Monday.

Read: Supreme Court pushes ruling on petition applications, main hearing

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