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Betrayal? Kalonzo, Mudavadi, Wetangula speak after missing Raila swearing

31 January 2018

Kenya's Supreme Court declared Kenyatta victor of the official October 25 election, which came weeks after the original August 8 vote that was annulled by Kenya's high court.

Kenya's opposition leader will be sworn in as president on January 30, but there is one problem: Kenya already has a president, Uhuru Kenyatta.

"I, Raila Omolo Odinga, do swear that I will protect the nations as people's preaident, so help me God", the rival president said, swearing in to the cheers of thousands.

NPR's Eyder Peralta, reporting from Nairobi, says the government had declared that if Odinga took the oath of office, it would be treason and punishable by death.

Kalonzo added that the world was expecting the Uhuru Park event and he was headed to a meeting to consult on how to manoeuvre the shutdown by alleged Communication Authority (CA) officials at the Limuru transmission station. Odinga's growing popularity among its supporters is quite obvious especially that he is depicted as the only legitimate Kenyan President.

"After the swearing in, I am expecting our president.to lead us and give us a way forward".

Human rights groups and the opposition have long accused the Kenyan police of being used by the government to crush dissent.

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The police have vowed to block opposition supporters from reaching the event.

In a short speech, lasting less than five minutes, Mr Odinga denounced "election stealing" and the country's "electoral autocracy", but he said little of his future plans.

Herman Manyora, a Nairobi-based political analyst said the peaceful oath taking ceremony could herald a new beginning in Kenya's political rejuvenation. Image of supporters awaiting Raila Odinga from Reuters.

However, Kenya's three television stations were shut down by the state, in a bid to prevent them from airing the swearing-in ceremony.

But even as the security was withdrawn, other teams of undercover police officers were deployed to maintain round-the-clock surveillance around the opposition chiefs. "My life is not better than that of baby Pendo or the more than 300 people who have died since the August 8 elections", he said.

The leader of the Kenyan opposition has been threatened with arrest after he staged an unofficial swearing-in ceremony as an alternative president.

Betrayal? Kalonzo, Mudavadi, Wetangula speak after missing Raila swearing