Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Kenyan opposition leader warned against treason

Kenyan opposition leader warned against treason

The Nasa leader urged his supporters to remain steadfast in their quest for electoral justice, adding that they do not recognise the November 28 swearing-in of President Uhuru Kenyatta for the second term.

Kenya's opposition Nasa will in the next two days give an update of its programme of action leading up to the swearing-in of its leader Raila Odinga as the "people's president". "The criminal law of the Republic of Kenya stipulates that sort of process is high treason". Treason charges attract the death sentence in Kenya. "It is high treason of the persons involved, and any other person facilitating that process".

The attorney general warned that institutions created by Odinga's group such as "the People's Assembly" are unconstitutional and illegal and "may be visited by the full force of the law".

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.

Kenya's election crisis saw the Supreme Court nullify August's results on the grounds of irregularities, following a legal challenge by the opposition.

The U.S. Embassy statement on Wednesday called Odinga's planned inauguration "extra-constitutional".

Raila Odinga (third left) and other Nasa leaders attend prayers for people who were killed during post-poll chaos at the City Mortuary in Nairobi. Do not come and shout at us and tell us we are going to violate the constitution. Kenyatta won again, with 98 percent of the vote.

"We thought we had friends but we were wrong and now we know they are enemies".

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