Former Kenya opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga has been sworn in as the “people’s president” at Uhuru park in Kenyan capital Nairobi.
At the symbolic event attended by hundreds of National Super Alliance (Nasa) supporters (some even claiming more than those who attended Uhuru Kenyatta’s inauguration last November), Odinga said; by switching off media houses that were broadcasting his swearing in ceremony, Kenya "has descended to the level of Uganda."
Today morning several Kenyan television stations were switched off after broadcasting the arrival of Nasa supporters at Uhuru Park. The stations however maintained broadcasting on their websites and social media platforms.
Kenyan government officials had declared the 'swear in' as an act of treason, however the event was largely peaceful, with no confrontation between Odinga’s supporters and security.
Earlier, government had warned that Uhuru Park was out of bounds for the Nasa supporters as there were ongoing renovation works. Odinga was sworn in by Ruaraka MP TJ Kajwang but conspicuously missing, was his running mate Stephen Kalonzyo Musyoka who was meant to be sworn in as ‘vice president’.
“...I Raila Amolo Odinga, in full realisation of the high calling, assume the office of the People's President of the Republic of Kenya...Today is a historic day for the people of Kenya, to say enough is enough with election rigging”, Odinga said.
"I thank the people of Kenya for showing the rest of the world that a people united shall never be defeated," he added.
The opposition maintains that it won the August 2017 elections, which were nullified by Kenya’s Supreme court. Court ordered for fresh elections that were boycotted by Odinga and majority of the voters citing lack of electoral reforms.
Jubilant Nasa supporters descended unto the streets to celebrate Odinga's swear in. Unconfirmed reports indicate that security details for both Odinga and Musyoka have been withdrawn and their passports revoked.