Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga sworn in as ''People's'' President

Raila Odinga takes oath of office as opposition president

Raila Odinga takes oath of office as opposition president

Shortly before 3 p.m., Odinga, clad in white, raised a green Bible in his right hand and swore an oath to assume the office of "People's President", promising to defend the constitution and to protect the sovereignty and dignity of the people of Kenya.

In a statement copied to Ghanaweb, the International Relations and Security Expert says he finds the development in Kenya very worrying as many people could die when violence breaks out in the course of the "illegal" inauguration.

"Today's step is one step towards the doing away with electoral autocracy and to establishing proper democracy in our country".

Police made a move to cordon off Uhuru Park in central Nairobi where the swearing-in was set to take place, but soon backed off, according to local reports.

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Odinga and NASA have refused calls from both local and global leaders to cancel the ceremony. About 2,000 Odinga supporters are said to have attended the event in person.

But early Tuesday evening, Fred Matiang'i, the Interior Ministry secretary, declared the National Resistance Movement, which is part of Odinga's opposition coalition, an "organized criminal group".

NASA leader Raila Odinga prepares to take oath of office during his shambolic swearing-in ceremony. But a government threat to block access to the ceremony did not materialize.

Joseph Odindo, editorial director of the Standard Group, told CPJ the government gave no indication of how long the order would remain in effect.

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On Monday, Linus Kaikai, chairman of the Kenya Editors Guild, said senior editors had been summoned by the authorities and warned not to cover the event or risk being shut down.

4 Kenyan television stations were reportedly switched off by Kenya's communications authority, in an effort to scuttle their coverage of Raila's swearing-in ceremony.

"My appeal to Odinga is allow Kenya, a relatively stable economy in East Africa to continue the steady economic gains it is making". Odinga did not run in the second election, claiming voting irregularities, but has since spurred large swells of support. Kenya's Supreme Court nullified the August election after Odinga claimed that hackers infiltrated the electoral commission's computer system and changed results in favour of Kenyatta.

The administration of the actual president of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, was not amused.

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Odinga said the October election was "fake" and earlier said a "people's assembly" would swear him in on December 12. This has led to concerns that they will crack down on the inauguration, following other protestor-police clashes in the election aftermath.

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