Raila Odinga ‘inaugurates’ himself as Kenyan president

Kenya’s main opposition leader, Raila Odinga, has declared himself the “people’s president” at a controversial “swearing-in” ceremony in the capital.


Thousands of his supporters attended the event, despite a government warning that it amounted to treason.

The BBC reports that Kenyan authorities shut down TV stations to prevent live coverage of the event.

President Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn in for a second term last November. He won an election re-run in October, but Mr. Odinga boycotted it.

Elections were first held in August but the courts ordered a re-run, saying Mr. Kenyatta’s victory was marred by irregularities.

Holding a Bible in his right hand at a park in Nairobi, Mr. Odinga declared that he was answering to a “higher calling to assume the office of the people’s president of the Republic of Kenya.”

“People had had enough of election rigging and the event was a step towards establishing a proper democracy in the East African state,” he told a cheering crowd.

Speaking earlier to Kenyan broadcaster KTN, Mr. Odinga said his “swearing-in” was intended to “show the world that what we are doing is legal, constitutional and not something you can remotely describe as a coup.”



  1. Raila Odinga’s latest move is aimed at stoking violence and needless bloodshed. The arm dealers are already positioned to sell weapons of death. Unfortunately, the victims of political violence are not the gladiators but the gullible and literate people on the street.

  2. This is sad…..another bloodshed is about to take place…in Africa… I wonder why African leaders are so selfish! HIS ambition at the expense of innocent lives. chai! dereris God o! How can u install yourself as President…….haabaa!

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