Swearing in unofficial president is 'treason', Kenya attorney general says

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Kenya's Attorney General Githu Muigai said on Thursday that any attempt to hold a parallel swearing in of a president would amount to treason.


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.

Muigai said people's assemblies proposed by the National Super Alliance, Odinga's opposition coalition, were illegal as well.

"The criminal law in the republic of Kenya. stipulates that that process is high treason", he said, a crime punishable by death although Kenya has not executed anyone for 30 years. "It is high treason of the persons involved, and any other person facilitating that process".

"Since 8th of August, 215 people have been killed by the police force yet no one has spoken about it yet they have the audacity to tell us forget and move on", Raila said.

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Mr Odinga on Thursday said the U.S. and other countries that have advised against the December 12 inauguration should know that "the will of the people can not be stopped".

Kenya Police stand accused of shooting and killing dozens in violent protests that followed August 8 General Election and October 26 repeat presidential poll.

So far, 12 Kenyan counties have passed motions supporting the formation of a people's assembly, a lot of them counties that had backed the opposition in Kenya's protracted voting.

"We thought we had friends but we were wrong and now we know they are enemies".

Kenya's opposition leader has rejected USA advice to cancel a planned mock inauguration of him as president, saying he does not recognise the legitimacy of President Uhuru Kenyatta.