September 24, 2020

AG Muigai warns NASA against swearing-in Raila

Attorney-General (AG) Githu Muigai has warned the National Super Alliance (NASA) against swearing-in Opposition leader Raila Odinga as the ‘people’s president’ on Jamhuri Day.

Prof Muigai indicated on Thursday (7/12/17) the Government would prevent any breach of the rule of law and the Constitution.

“A swearing in of any person not lawfully declared to have won an election by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and that is not done by the Chief Justice of the Republic of Kenya is null and void ab initio.

“The criminal law of the Republic of Kenya stipulates that this sort of process is high treason. It is high treason by the persons involved and any other person facilitating that process,” Muigai said.

United States had also warned that the plan by NASA would be in contravention of the law.

“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,” a statement from the Embassy read.

Raila on Thursday condemned western envoys for meddling in Kenya’s political affairs while turning their back on police brutality.

“Our friends can give us advice, give the advice in private. Do not come and shout at us and tell us we are going to violate the Constitution. Which Constitution my foot!” an agitated Raila said.

The Opposition chief spoke at City Mortuary in Nairobi where the NASA brigade had gathered to condole with families of 16 deceased victims of alleged police brutality.

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