Raila Odinga, the opposition leader of Kenya, has taken an unofficial oath to be “sworn in” as the people’s president of the nation.
Mr. Odinga told his supporters after taking his oath, “Today is a historic day for the people of Kenya. The people have gathered here in the hundreds of thousands to say enough is enough with the electoral rigging.”
“Today’s step is one step towards the doing away with electoral autocracy and to establishing proper democracy in our country.”
Kenya opposition leader Raila Odinga took a symbolic presidential oath of office on the Bible in front of thousands of ecstatic supporters on Tuesday in a direct challenge to President Uhuru Kenyatta's rule. #NTVNews https://t.co/nWBIiVvfPX pic.twitter.com/pI13VNifpz
— NTV UGANDA (@ntvuganda) January 30, 2018
Tens of thousands of his supporters gathered in Uhuru Park to celebrate his swearing-in ceremony as the people’s president.
Kenya has been going through a political deadlock ever since the last year’s election boycotted by NASA, the opposition coalition.
— Daniel Finnan (@Daniel_Finnan) February 1, 2018
Kalonzo Musyoka, the deputy of Raila Odinga, was absent in his swearing-in ceremony. Mr. Odinga said he would swear in later.
I wish to thank the people of Kenya for the mandate they have given us and for their steadfast confidence in us. You came from all corners of the republic to witness my inauguration and it was good to see you out in millions. pic.twitter.com/U7oCAhsHPI
— Raila Odinga (@RailaOdinga) January 30, 2018
Meanwhile, the Kenyan government has alleged that the opposition leader Odinga’s swearing-in as “the president of the people of Kenya” was tantamount to treason.
The Kenyan government has been on hardline against Odinga’s swearing-in ceremony. It shut down three television channels alleging that they planned to broadcast Raila Odinga’s swearing-in ceremony.
"They’ve shut down all Independent TV channels here. They’ve gone to arrest top editors. They’ve arrested lawyers who gave Raila Odinga the oath. It’s chaotic. You must write this story. We can’t suffer alone." – From a friend in Kenya
— Mathanda (@MathandaNcube) January 31, 2018
Top three private channels of Kenya remained off the air even days after the swearing-in ceremony of the opposition leader Odinga.
The High Court of Kenya suspended the government shutdown, but the government seems adamant to continue the status quo.
"It's the duty of CAK as a state organ,to apply the national values & principles of governance in the interpretation and application of the Act & Policies and in the making of decisions thereunder”, Isaac Okero, LSK Pres. on shut-down of broadcasting services of some TV channels pic.twitter.com/38wszhPLPG
— Law Society of Kenya (@lawsocietykenya) January 31, 2018
The Kenyan High Court has suspended the ban for 14 days.
The government cut off channels including KTN, Citizen TV, and NTV on Tuesday over their alleged plans to broadcast Raila Odinga’s ‘inauguration’.