Raila digs in as State warns him over swearing-in plan

Kenya's Attorney General Githu Muigai speaks during a press conference in Nairobi Kenya

Kenya's election cycle dragged on from August to November 28 when President Uhuru Kenyatta was inaugurated due to political differences over electoral reforms and rigging.

Mr Odinga rejected the inauguration and he has been pushing for a new election and the bid to swear him in is seen as part of his campaign for electoral reforms and a new poll.

The opposition objects to President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election after months of political turmoil that included a nullified August election and a repeat vote in October, saying that electoral reforms have not been made.

"The constitution of Kenya provides in clear terms in Article 2 (2) that no person may claim state authority except as authorized by the constitution. This also includes being an accessory after the fact to treason and failing to give information to designated public bodies for the goal of preventing commission of the offence", he warned.

"The People's Assembly is an institution totally unknown to the constitution of Kenya and totally unknown to the County Governments Act".

The attorney general said because Kenya already has a president, the move would be outside of the constitution.

The AG warned that by establishing people's assemblies, the respective county assemblies may be deemed to have rescinded their elective roles, as they have handed back to the people their sovereignty as initially delegated through Article 1 (3).

He questioned why they turned a blind eye when Kenyans were brutalised by the security forces, failed to talk on election fraud yet they were very loud on the consequences of his plans to be sworn in as president.

And a defiant Raila told off US President Donald Trump's administration that advised NASA leaders against unconstitutional actions like the swearing-in planned on Tuesday when President Uhuru Kenyatta will be presiding over Jamhuri Day celebrations. "Constitution my foot!" Raila said.

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

Each family was given Sh50,000 to help with burial arrangements.

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