United States wants NASA leader Raila Odinga to abandon his swearing-in plan


Swearing in an alternative president of Kenya would be an act of treason, the country's attorney general said on Thursday, days before an opposition leader expects to be inaugurated by an unofficial people's assembly.

Attorney General Githu Muigai's comments came a day after the United States urged Odinga's supporters to call off the mock "swearing-in" on December 12, the country's independence day.

The penal code says anyone who tries to form a Government contrary to the Constitution could face charges of sedition.

United States wants NASA leader Raila Odinga to abandon his swearing-in plan
United States wants NASA leader Raila Odinga to abandon his swearing-in plan

Under Kenyan law, treason is punishable by death.

"I reiterate the any attempts to swear in any person as president other than the one elected in line with the constitution and in a manner provided for in the law is unlawful, illegal null and void ab initio", Prof Muigai told journalists at the State Law office in the capital Nairobi.

The Nasa leader urged his supporters to remain steadfast in their quest for electoral justice, adding that they do not recognise the November 28 swearing-in of President Uhuru Kenyatta for the second term.

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So far, 12 Kenyan counties have passed motions supporting the formation of a people's assembly, majority counties that had backed the opposition in Kenya's protracted voting.

Such devolved Houses, he said, may be surcharged for misusing taxpayers' money.

Mr Odinga said the government owes an apology to all families whose loved ones were felled by police bullets.

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The US, Mr Odinga said, should not talk about violation of the constitution as far as his swearing-in is concerned yet Washington DC has been "loudly silent" on killing of innocent protesters by police since August.

Yamamoto's warning followed a meeting with Odinga and Nasa principals Musalia Mudavadi, Moses Wetang'ula and Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana, representing Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, who is away.

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