Kenya says 'swearing-in' of Odinga would be seen as treason

Kenya says 'swearing-in' of Odinga would be seen as treason

Yamamoto said the opposition should "avoid extra-constitutional actions such as the proposed "inauguration ceremony". "Which constitution my foot!" he sternly said.

Under Kenyan law, treason is punishable by death.

Kenya's opposition leader has rejected USA advice to cancel a planned mock inauguration of him as president, saying he does not recognise the legitimacy of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

"We don't recognise the swearing-in that took place because it was based on an election that we also don't recognize", he said.

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

He also dismissed claims by the National Super Alliance (NASA) that formation of the People's Assemblies is legal. "Don't come and shout at us and tell us that we are violating the constitution".

NASA leaders join other mourners at City Mortuary. /COURTESY
NASA leaders join other mourners at City Mortuary. /COURTESY

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.

He criticised Western diplomats for not talking about police killings in the violent protests that have followed the August 8 and October 26 elections.

"We wish them safe travel as they proceed to different parts of the Country for burials and may the souls of the departed rest in peace".

"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.

He spoke outside a mortuary in the capital Nairobi while accompanying families collecting bodies of the police's alleged victims.


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