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Raila Odinga to be sworn in as Kenyan president on Tuesday

Article Image Raila Odinga to be sworn in as Kenyan president on Tuesday
Bennie Garza | 30 January, 2018, 11:22

Leader of the Opposition Raila Odinga is scheduled to take the presidential oath of office in Nairobi today in protest of Uhuru Kenyatta's presidency and election victory a year ago. The Supreme Court nullified Kenyatta's August win after Odinga challenged it, claiming that hackers infiltrated the electoral commission's computer system and changed results in favor of Kenyatta.

President Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn in for a second term in November after winning the repeat presidential election in October that Odinga boycotted due to doubts it would be free and fair. Many were chanting Odinga slogans and waving tree branches.

Almost 100 people killed in violence over the prolonged election period, mostly in clashes between Odinga supporters and police.

Government's considering various options to scuttle the planned ceremony including barricading Uhuru Park and using around 500,000 police officers to clamp down on any gathering.

Human rights groups and the opposition have long accused the Kenyan police of being used by the government to crush dissent.

Kenya's opposition party Coalition for Reforms and Democracy leader Raila Odinga on 6 June 2016 in Nairobi.

"We intend to hold a peaceful event", Odinga's alliance said in a statement late on Monday. "We advise our supporters to come prepared to stay until our mission is accomplished".

A spokeswoman for the Communications Authority said they were in a meeting and would comment later.

Mainstream television stations have been switched off in Kenya as they broadcast proceedings of the much awaited inauguration of the opposition National Super Alliance's (NASA) Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Muyoka as "people's president" and deputy president respectively.

He stated that NASA was banking on the media to air the event live across the globe.

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