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Kenya says 'swearing-in' of Odinga would be seen as treason

Kenya says 'swearing-in' of Odinga would be seen as treason

Attorney General Githu Muigai did not name anyone, but opposition leader Raila Odinga said last month that he would be inaugurated by a people's assembly on December 12 - Kenya's Independence Day.

Any person who takes part in such an inauguration, he said, will face the law.

Odinga, head of the National Super Alliance, plans to hold a "people's president" inauguration ceremony on Tuesday after President Uhuru Kenyatta took office on November 28 following a bitterly disputed election.

The leader of the opposition coalition party, the National Super Alliance (Nasa), vowed that he and his followers would never recognise either the president or his government and stated that he would begin a campaign of civil disobedience.

"The will of the people was expressed on August 8 and that is it".

At the same time, the AG warned the 11 counties that passed the people's assembly motion, saying they have committed illegalities.




Mr Odinga on Thursday said the United States and other countries that have advised against the December 12 inauguration should know that "the will of the people can not be stopped".

"We do not and we will not recognize the elections of October 26".

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

Odinga has insisted the ceremony will go ahead, defying growing pressure to call it off amid fears it will lead to yet more violence between police and opposition supporters.

"The western countries should, therefore, keep off the affairs of the country as Kenyan problems will only be solved by Kenyans themselves", Mr Odinga said.

The opposition leader spoke outside a morgue in the capital, Nairobi, while accompanying families collecting bodies of alleged victims.