Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

AG: Raila's swearing-in is high treason, punishable by death

AG: Raila's swearing-in is high treason, punishable by death

ODINGA and his supporters do not recognise Uhuru Kenyatta at President.

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 United States also urges Opposition leaders to work within Kenya's laws to pursue the reforms they seek and to avoid extra constitutional actions such as the proposed "inauguration ceremony" on December 12", the USA embassy said in a statement. Treason charges attract the death sentence in Kenya.

Speaking at Sheria House on Thursday, the AG warned that persons that will facilitate or be involved in the event will face the full wrath of the law.

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

AG Githu Muigai warns Raila of dire consequences ahead of his Dec 12 controversial swearing-in
Raila announced in Jacaranda on November 28 that he would be sworn in on Jamhuri day

Mr Odinga successfully challenged Mr Kenyatta's August re-election but then boycotted a rerun vote in October, demanding electoral reforms.

Odinga also repeated his accusations against Kenya security forces, saying dozens of people have been killed in the months of election unrest and "nobody is talking about it". Kenyatta won the second poll with more than 98 percent of the vote.

The U.S. Embassy statement on Wednesday called Odinga's planned inauguration "extra-constitutional".

The AG's warning came hours after Odinga told the United States and other western powers that have advised against the planned swearing-in plan to back off.

"We wish them safe travel as they proceed to different parts of the Country for burials and may the souls of the departed rest in peace. Which constitution my foot!" he sternly said.

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