Kenya: Attorney General likens Odinga’s planned inauguration to treason

By on December 7, 2017

Country’s Attorney General has indirectly warned opposition leader Raila Odinga against his plans to be sworn in on Tuesday 12, adding that the move will be tantamount to treason according to the Kenyan criminal law.

Even though he did not name Odinga, Githu Muigai told media at a press conference that any such move is punishable and though involved in it will face arrest and trial.

“The criminal law of the Republic of Kenya stipulates that sort of process is high treason,” he said.

“It is high treason of the person involved, and any other person facilitating that process.”

Raila Odinga, the leader of opposition late last month at a rally concurring with the inauguration President Uhuru Kenyatta declared winner of October rerun said he would be sworn in Tuesday next week, on the Independence Day.

The opposition led by Nasa coalition refused to recognize Kenyatta as the winner of the rerun which saw a turnout only estimated at 39 per cent.

Odinga refused to run for the October polls because the electoral commission failed to implement reforms and correct ‘irregularities’ denounced by the Supreme Court which nullified the August election also declaring Kenyatta winner.

Odinga and the alliance if guilty can face death penalty under the Kenya criminal law.

Muigi also judged illegal the people’s assemblies proposed by Nasa, Reuters reports.

“These institutions are unconstitutional they are illegal, they are null and void. The persons involved in their creation are involved in extra-constitutional activity and may be visited by the full force of the law,” he said.

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