The long a waited day for the NASA Is Today (Tuesday) ahead of a ceremony to swear in their Leader Raila Odinga in as an alternative president of Kenya.
Supporters of Kenyan opposition leader Odinga have gathered in Nairobi to witness their leader being sworn in as the president of Kenya 3 months after he claims an election was stolen from him
The inauguration ceremony has raised fears of violence as police had sworn not to allow the ceremony to proceed. However officers kept their distance as hundreds gathered at the Uhuru park venue on Tuesday.
Kenyan opposition leader Raila who claims he has had three elections stolen from him, has refused to accept President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election.
First was an election on August 8, won by Kenyatta, which was annulled in a historic decision by the Supreme Court, which ordered a re-run on October 26.
Raila boycotted the second re-election saying that the poll wouldn’t be fair leaving Kenyatta unopposed and winning the election with 98%.
Odinga had organized an inauguration ceremony last month which he later postponed but his party insists Tuesday’s event will take place.
National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition wrote a statement:
“We nonetheless wish to put the Jubilee (party) administration on notice that we will accomplish our mission come hell or high water.”
While officers patrolled on horseback from a distance, police sources said a decision had been taken to avoid confrontation, after the city police chief earlier said “the grounds will be a no-go zone”.
Attorney General Githu warned last month that any “swearing-in” would be taken as treason, raising the possibility of Odinga’s arrest.
Also the Kenya’s Chief Justice David K. Maraga has issued warning to Opposition leader Raila Odinga to abandon swearing himself in.
Maraga says that the act would amount to treason and the parties should desist from it.
He continued and said:
As per the Supreme Court ruling on the 20th November 2017 Uhuru Kenyatta is the validly elected President of the Republic of Kenya and the Commander In Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces. He was legitimately sworn in on the 28th of November in the public in the presence of the Chief Justice as per articles 140 and 141 of the constitution of Kenya 2010,” the statement reads in part.
As such, any other event advertised as having been planned for the same will be illegal and an attempt to unseat a legitimate government which would amount to treason. Therefore, all judges and Magistrates are hereby cautioned not to engage in any such events or activities,” the statement continues
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