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Kenya government threatens opposition with 'treason' charge

07 December 2017, 04:04 | Opal Carroll

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Opposition leader Raila Odinga was warned Thursday that he would be committing treason if he proceeds with a presidential "swearing in" ceremony next week.

Such an inauguration would worsen the rifts opened by an acrimonious election season, when more than 70 people died in political violence.

Prof Muigai, the chief legal adviser to the government, on Thursday said swearing-in Raila Odinga would be an illegality attracting charges of treason.

"The criminal law in the republic of Kenya... stipulates that that process is high treason", he said, a crime punishable by death although Kenya has not executed anyone for 30 years.

"These institutions are unconstitutional they are illegal, they are null and void".

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Prof Muigai said the government would not stop at anything to prevent the breach of the rule of law and the constitution.

Despite a warning from the Government, the former Premier's defiant allies are charging ahead with plans to swear him as the People's President in the National People's Assembly.

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.

Odinga successfully challenged Kenyatta's August re-election but then boycotted the new vote in October, demanding electoral reforms. Kenyatta won again, with 98 percent of the vote.

On a visit to the Kenyan capital Nairobi on Wednesday Donald Yamamoto, the acting top diplomat for Africa in the United States government, urged Odinga to call off his planned swearing-in and instead "work within Kenya's laws" to seek reform. "Which constitution, my foot", Odinga told reporters in Nairobi.



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