Kenya Government: Authorities warn over Odinga’s inauguration


Crisis loom in Kenya as several hundred supporters gather in Nairobi to swear in opposition leader Raila Odinga as President.

Reports say a park in downtown Nairobi has been parked full by supporters to witness the swearing in which authorities had warned was treasonable.

Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn in for a second term in November after winning the repeat presidential election in October that Odinga boycotted due to doubts it would be free and fair.

Kenyatta had also been declared the winner of the August election, but the Supreme Court later nullified that result, over irregularities. Odinga said the October election was “fake” and earlier said a “people’s assembly” would swear him in on Dec. 12, 2017.

Though the swearing-in did not happen, however, a new event was planned for Tuesday. By 0600 GMT, about 400 people were gathered in Uhuru Park, near Nairobi’s main business district to swear in Odinga

Meanwhile, the police earlier said they would prohibit any illegal assemblies on Tuesday, the report says there were no uniformed police in the park and no anti-riot officers or vehicles were present at the park.

The report also says supporters had been granted permission by Kenyan authorities to use the park. All effort to contact the Police and government spokesman for comment proved abortive.

Opposition supporter’s maintained, however, that Odinga won the August Election stating that the swearing in will happen Tuesday legitimately based on the Aug. 8, 2017, election.




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