JUST IN: People's Assembly Suspended

Wiper Party Leader Kalonzo Musyoka at Mua Machakos County during the burial of Mzee Harrison Mulili Ndeti father in law to former Kathiani MP Wavinya Ndeti March 10. /DENNIS KAVISU

The government and the opposition national super alliance were today moving to action some of the agreements reached during Friday's meeting between president Kenyatta and NASA leader Raila Odinga with the latter suspending the people's assembly agenda.

The turn of events tests the strength of a coalition battered by head winds and storms since Mr Odinga took a controversial "oath" at the end of January, and there are fears that the ODM leader's sudden about-turn to parley with President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday, without the knowledge or approval of other principals, could have dealt the death blow on Nasa.

While announcing the formation of the People's Assemblies late a year ago, Odinga said the formation will be a broad based forum consisting of elected leaders and the leadership of other sectors of society in particular workers, civil society, religious leaders, women, youth and economic interest groups.

However, at 15 minutes past noon Mr. Odinga's convoy pulled up at the Stoni Athi resort and he was accompanied by Siaya Senator James Orengo.

Bodyguards were withdrawan in early February after the "swearing-in" of Odinga as "people's president".

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The Jubilee leaders were also quick to allay fears that the new alliance between Kenyatta and Odinga presented a new political matrix in the 2022 elections.

ODM has the majority of ward representatives from Nasa affiliate parties.

Earlier in February, 11 Western envoys led by USA ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec asked the opposition to acknowledge President Kenyatta's legitimacy before they could engage him in the dialogue demanded by Mr Odinga after last year's contested elections.

Leaders of Kenya's ruling Jubilee party, led by Deputy President William Ruto, have lauded last week's meeting between President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga, saying it sets the pace for peace and reconciliation in the country.

"It is the three principals who will have to sit and decide whether to incorporate Mr Odinga", he said.

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