Kenya’s Raila Odinga ‘sworn in as pres­i­dent’

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - WORLD REPORT -

“IRAILA Amolo Odinga, in full re­al­i­sa­tion of the high call­ing, as­sume the of­fice of the Peo­ple’s Pres­i­dent of the Repub­lic of Kenya”.

With these words, Mr. Odinga, 72, a ma­jor con­tender in the Au­gust 8 elec­tion was sworn in as the “peo­ple’s pres­i­dent” of Kenya dur­ing a cer­e­mony held at Uhuru Park, Nairobi, the cap­i­tal city. Hold­ing a green bible on his right hand and two mi­cro­phones on his left, Odinga was sworn in amidst cheers on Tues­day, two months after his ri­val, Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta was sworn in for a sec­ond term.

“To­day’s step is one step to­wards the do­ing away with elec­toral au­toc­racy and to es­tab­lish­ing proper democ­racy in our coun­try,” Odinga said to the cheer­ing crowd.

Though his deputy Kalonzo Musyoka was miss­ing at the event, Odinga said he would be sworn in later, for rea­sons that would be ex­plained on a later date.

Odinga who con­tested as flag bearer of Na­tional Su­per Al­liance Coali­tion was sworn in dur­ing a cer­e­mony de­scribed as in­for­mal as­sump­tion of power be­cause it is be­ing done out­side the law.

The Au­gust 8 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion in which Mr. Odinga claimed 300,000 lead has been an­nulled by the Supreme Court and Mr Odinga did not take part in the Oc­to­ber 26 fresh elec­tion where Keny­atta won with over 98 per­cent.

The turn out though was was 38 per­cent of the coun­try’s 19.6 mil­lion reg­is­tered vot­ers, ac­cord­ing to Kenya’s In­de­pen­dent Elec­toral and Bound­aries Com­mis­sion (IEBC).

But, ac­cord­ing to his party, Mr Odinga had won the Au­gust 8 elec­tion with 8.1 mil­lion votes against Pres­i­dent Keny­atta’s 7.8 mil­lion.

Odinga re­fused to take part in an elec­tion re-run in Oc­to­ber, claim­ing the govern­ment planned to rig the vote.

At­tor­ney Gen­eral Githu Muigai has de­scribed swear­ing in as trea­son­able act, which could at­tract death penalty. Odinga has said he is ‘will­ing to die’ in the strug­gle to cor­rect elec­toral in­jus­tices.

Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo said to a lo­cal press that Mr. Odinga was sworn in be­cause Kenyans don’t recog­nise Mr. Keny­atta as their pres­i­dent.

Few hours after his in­au­gu­ra­tion, Odinga tweeted: “Most of all I thank the good Lord, my fam­ily and all those who have un­der­taken this jour­ney with us. We have ar­rived in Canaan; thank you for stay­ing the course with us. Asan­teni sana.”

Odinga sworn in as pres­i­dent yes­ter­day in Nairobi

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