By Leonard Koni.
Cape Town, South Africa. (News of The South) – Opposition leader Raila Odinga has declared himself the ‘president of the Kenyan people’ He has been sworn-in today bringing possible treason charges to the fore. The punishment is death but he said this is a price he is willing to pay. It is not clear what Raila will do since Kenya has president Uhuru Kenyatta and deputy president William Ruto.
Raila Odinga the main opposition candidate in the 2007 presidential election, running against Mwai Kibaki. Following a viplence marred election and oist poll crisis, Odinga waa appointed Prime Minister in April 2008 a power sharing feal with Mwai Kibaki serving as a supervisor of a national unity coalition government.
Raila was to be sworn-in alongside Kalonzo Musyoka, but the Wiper leader was not at Uhuru Park on Tuesday afternoon. Raila said that Kalonzo will take the oath later.
Whilst holding a Bible in his right hand at a park in Nairobi, Mr Raila Odinga declared that he was answering to a “higher calling to assume the office of the people’s president of the Republic of Kenya”. On his twitter account he wrote” Gradually accepting the mandate granted us by the Kenyan people on August 8″
Surprisingly the police kept off the ground despite earlier ban on the event. Thousands of his supporters attended the event, despite a government warning that it amounted
The authorities shut down TV stations to prevent live coverage of the event. President Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn in for a second term last November.
He won an election re-run in October, but Mr Odinga boycotted the election. Elections were first held in August but the courts ordered a re-run, saying Mr Kenyatta’s victory was marred by irregularities.
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