Kenya’s opposition Leader swears in as “Peoples President”

Spread the love

Nairobi, Kenya:

Kenya’s opposition leader has sworn in as President of Kenya before thousands of supporters at Uhuru Park in Nairobi on Tuesday afternoon.

The opposition defied authorities to move on with the ceremonial swearing in of Raila Odinga as “president of the people” in Nairobi.

Odinga was the presidential candidate for the opposition National Super Alliance coalition (NASA)

After hours of tension, mainstream media houses were switched off, even as security agencies withdrew from Uhuru Park to allow NASA supporters to assemble.

Taking the oath administered by his lawyers Miguna Miguna and TJ Kajwang, Odinga said the crowds gathered at Uhuru Park had gathered to say ‘enough is enough with electoral rigging’.

In his remarks delivered after taking oath, Odinga told his supporters that despite his deputy’s absence, Kalonzo was still part of the struggle and will be sworn in.

‘‘Kalonzo Musyoka is not here with us. But he is together with us in this. He will be sworn in later,’‘ Odinga said.

Odinga promised to share a more detailed speech to the media which would also share the way forward now

Government lawyers have described the opposition ceremony as treason and it was unclear if police would allow supporters to gather until hours before the meeting was due to be held.