On Tuesday afternoon Raila Odinga held an unofficial inauguration to anoint himself the Peopleâ€
Speaking after taking his oath, Odinga said: “Today is a historic day for the people of Kenyaâ€¦ Today’s step is one step towards the doing away with electoral autocracy and to establishing proper democracy in our country.”
As Odinga was being sworn-in, the government opted out of deploying police to stop the event.Â Instead there was a media blackout with various television and newspaper executives being warned that they would be closed down if they reported on the â€˜inaugurationâ€
The ceremony, which has been called an act of treason by the countryâ€
In December Muigai called the swearing-in treason and said anyone involved would also be guilty of treason, a crime which carries the death sentence in Kenya.
Kenyans first headed to the poll to vote for their next president on 8 August 2017. However, this election was cancelled by the Supreme Court after various irregularities were found in the way the election was conducted. The Courtâ€
Jakkie Cilliers, senior researcher at the Institute for Security Studies said in an interview with The Daily Vox that Tuesdayâ€
However, these â€œinaugurationsâ€ are merely symbolic, and nothing comes of these gestures, according to Cilliers.
â€œRaila Odinga is quite popular in the poor areas and particular groupings so it provides a potential threat to internal stability, peace and security. But I donâ€
Cilliers said while he thinks this will fade away, the next few weeks will be critical and will depend on how the Kenyatta government reacts.
Cilliers said: â€œWorst thing would the security agencies moving in to arrest him and suppress this whole movement. This would lead to violence especially in the poorer areas. Thatâ€
The best thing would be reconciliation between Kenyatta and Odinga but given the pairâ€
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