Wednesday, 18 July, 2018

Kenya government threatens opposition with 'treason' charge

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Melinda Barton | 07 December, 2017, 16:04

The National Intelligence Service NIS told Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday EXACTLY what to do over the swearing in of NASA leader, Raila Odinga, as President of Kenya.

However, Attorney General Githu Muigai suggested to reporters that such an event would constitute treason. "The criminal law of the Republic of Kenya stipulates that sort of process is high treason".

"It is high treason in respect of the person so involved and any other person facilitating that process", he said.

Yamamoto said the opposition should "avoid extra-constitutional actions such as the proposed "inauguration ceremony".

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

The team preparing for Odinga's inauguration wrote to Governors Anyang' Nyong'o (Kisumu), Charity Ngilu (Kitui), Hassan Joho (Mombasa), Cornel Rasanga (Siaya), Cyprian Awiti (Homa Bay), Amason Kingi (Kilifi), Okoth Obado (Migori), Kivutha Kibwana (Makueni), Odeke Ojaamong (Busia), Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega) and Wilber Ottichilo (Vihiga) requesting them to arrange for a venue where Odinga will take Oath of Office as people's president.

The penal code says anyone who tries to form a Government contrary to the Constitution could face charges of sedition.

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.

Kenya's election crisis saw the Supreme Court nullify August's results on the grounds of irregularities, following a legal challenge by the opposition. Kenyatta won with over 98 percent of the votes and was inaugurated last week.

"The western countries should, therefore, keep off the affairs of the country as Kenyan problems will only be solved by Kenyans themselves", Mr Odinga said.

"Our friends can give us privacy". "Don't come and shout at us and tell us that we are violating the constitution".