Kenya: Uhuru’s rival Odinga plans own inauguration for December 12

By on November 29, 2017

Opposition leader Raila Odinga Tuesday promised to hold own inauguration ceremony in defiance of President Uhuru Kenyatta sworn in following his victory of October re-run.
Uhuru was inaugurated on Tuesday for a second five-year term in office.
The Kenyan leader in front of around 60,000 supporters packed in capital Nairobi’s stadium pledged to unite the divided country.
“The elections are now firmly behind us … I will devote my time and energy to build bridges,” he said.
He won the October rerun boycotted by the main opposition with the turnout put at 39 per cent.
Rival Odinga few hours after Uhuru’s inauguration said he would stage his inauguration next month.
“This election of October 26 is fake. We do not recognize it,” Odinga told supporters from the rooftop of a car.
“On Dec. 12, we will have an assembly that will swear me in.”
The opposition sought to gather Tuesday in capital Nairobi but riot police raided the gathering scene. They teargassed opposition supporters who erected barricades and burnt tires.
Odinga told supporters that he is the legitimate president. He refused to run for the October poll after accusing the electoral commission of refusing to implement reforms after the Supreme Court cancelled August elections over “irregularities”.

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