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Kenya: Raila Odinga sworn in as ‘people’s president’

Raila Odinga was sworn in as the 'people's president'. Photo: courtesy 

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. 

Jubilant Nasa supporters in Kisumu break into celebrations after Odinga's swearing in. Photo: courtesy  

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 Unconfirmed reports indicate that security details for both Odinga and Musyoka have been withdrawn and their passports revoked. 

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0 #11 WADADA rogers 2018-01-31 13:09
This NRM group associated with National Supper Alliance led by Raila Odinga has been declared an organized criminal group, according to the Interior Cabinet Secretary.

The prevention of organized crimes act allows a minister to declare a group as a criminal gang if the minister has reasonable grounds to believe that the group is engaged in any criminal activity.

The gazette notice published on the 30/01/2018 now means that any NRM member convicted including Odinga will be liable to a fine not exceeding 500,000 shillings or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years or both.

Am sure the Government will want these guys to go in for imprisonment instead of a fine
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0 #12 gwok 2018-01-31 13:16
Quoting WADADA rogers:
... An election is organised and you are defeated unfairly atleast by the outcome of the Maraga Supreme Court decision. A fresh election is organised by IEBC, you refused to participate thinking all Kenyans will fall suit and boycott leaving the race for those who are interested.
Results are declared and Uhuru wins with a landslide, how can you turn around and call yourself the People's President. I insist that is treasonable


I agree. Mr.Omolo may have fallen into the suicidal trap, at last.

My advice is: Dear Kizza, please do not follow the same strategy because if you do that in the present Uganda, your case will be "un-larable" [ask the Lango Kenjin what that English hybrid word would mean to them].
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0 #13 Akot 2018-02-01 17:00
Robert Atuhairwe, agreed!

Odinga is too old & knows now it's only through setting fire on Kenya that he can be seen in press-tv..., he does not care about the poor he is using!

How old will Odinga be at next election?

If Odinga believed he could win, why didn't he rerun?

What a pitty Oding's supportes don't see he is just playing with them!
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0 #14 Akot 2018-02-01 17:06
Quoting Leon:
This is why Pres. Trump talked about shit hole countries. Inability to conduct and accept a valid election !


Agreed!

If Odinga was a leader, after standing down, he would have gone quiet & not incite violence in a country where so many are waiting for government help!

What will giving Kenya peace so that ALL get to work until next election, something Odinga should be against, if he loves his supporters & country?
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