Raila Odinga tells off U.S. over his swearing-in plan

Cheryl Sanders
December 7, 2017

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.

However, Attorney General Githu Muigai suggested to reporters that such an event would constitute treason.

"The criminal law of the Republic of Kenya stipulates that sort of process is high treason", he said. "It is high treason of the persons involved, and any other person facilitating that process", he told a news conference.

Odinga, head of the National Super Alliance, plans to hold a "people's president" inauguration ceremony on Tuesday after President Uhuru Kenyatta took office on November 28 following a bitterly disputed election.

But according to State House sources, NIS recommended the arrest and prosecution of the NASA leader if he goes ahead with his plan to swear himself in as President of Kenya.

So far, 12 Kenyan counties have passed motions supporting the formation of a people's assembly, a lot of them counties that had backed the opposition in Kenya's protracted voting. Odinga boycotted that vote, saying reforms needed to avoid "illegalities and irregularities" had not been made.

On a visit to the Kenyan capital Nairobi on Wednesday Donald Yamamoto, the acting top diplomat for Africa in the USA government, urged Odinga to call off his planned swearing-in and instead "work within Kenya's laws" to seek reform.

"The western countries should, therefore, keep off the affairs of the country as Kenyan problems will only be solved by Kenyans themselves", Mr Odinga said. It came as the top USA official for African affairs, Donald Yamamoto, visited the East African economic hub and met with government officials and opposition leaders.

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