Why NASA Rally puts Uhuru Kenyatta between a rock and a hard place

The Inauguration is finally here, and not only will it be attended by the Prime Minister of Canaan (Israel) Benjamin Netanyahu, but other Western and Eastern dignitaries including those from UK and China are coming to validate Uhuru Kenyatta’s win. As you may have expected, Raila cannot have none of that. Raila cannot be happy that the International community he has always expected to push for genuine democracy are going to be the first to legitimise Uhuru’s Presidency, and so to water down the impact of the inauguration, Raila has organized a parallel NASA Rally disguised as a ceremony to mourn the killed NASA supporters at Jacaranda Grounds.

A parallel NASA Rally on the same day of the inauguration must be giving Uhuru Kenyatta endless headaches, as if he allows the Rally to go on peaceful then the mammoth crowd Raila Odinga will pull at Jacaranda Grounds will completely overshadow his swearing in ceremony at Kasarani. This will in turn remove the much needed legitimacy to his second term, as the world will indeed see that more than enough people are in the camp of Raila Odinga.

On the flip side, if he doesn’t allow the NASA Rally to continue peacefully then the day of his swearing in will be tainted with demonstrations, chaos, violence, and probably deaths. It is therefore upon Uhuru Kenyatta to weigh what’s important – killing some NASA supporters on a day he is supposed to swear to uphold the Constitution of Kenya and act as a symbol for national unity for the next five years, or let those NASA supporters remove from him the legitimacy he so badly need?

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Going by the reaction of Uhuru Kenyatta on the day Raila Odinga arrived from the United States, it is very possible Uhuru Kenyatta is going to choose the violence option. This is because it is much easier to blame the violence on Raila Odinga and the other NASA leaders, than convince the world that the mammoth NASA Rally that is likely to go down at Jacaranda Grounds is a made up crowd.

There is a third option:

The third option is for heavily armed police officers to parade themselves along all roads leading to Jacaranda Gardens with intention to intimidate those who would want to attend the NASA Rally. The intimidation will work to ensure the expected mammoth crowd does not show up, but let NASA Principals and leaders conduct their mourning ceremony with a handful few who will be courageous enough to attend the NASA Rally despite the intimidations. If I were Uhuru Kenyatta, I would choose the intimidation route but ensure no chaotic incidences erupt.

Odipo Riaga
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