AG: Raila's swearing-in is high treason, punishable by death
Dec 07 2017 by Desiree Burns
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.
The penal code says anyone who tries to form a Government contrary to the Constitution could face charges of sedition.
On November 28, the day President Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn in, Raila told his supporters that he would be sworn in on Jamhuri day as the people's president.
"The will of the people was expressed on August 8 and that is it".
"Your county having passed the People's Assembly motion, the presidential inauguration team is requesting your office to provide a venue for this high level event in your county", the letters read in part.
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Such devolved Houses, he said, may be surcharged for misusing taxpayers' money.
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 AG's warning came hours after Odinga told the USA and other western powers that have advised against the planned swearing-in plan to back off.
Many Kenyans are challenging Kenyatta's sweeping victory in the October rerun elections, which saw a low turn-out, and once again claiming fraud. "Yet they have the audacity to come and advise us to forget and move on". "Up to today, no single ambassador has condemned the killing of people by police", he said.
Without directly mentioning the ceremony or the United States, Odinga said on Thursday that Kenyans should be left to solve their own problems.