Kenya now has two Presidents, chaos looming…………………..
The political strife in Kenya is far from over as opposition leader, Raila Odinga has declared himself as the “people’s president” and changed his Twitter bio to read include “President of the Republic of Kenya”.
He took his ‘Oath of Office’ at Uhuru Park with police observing closely. Meanwhile, the Kenyan government of President Uhuru Kenyatta enforced a TV blackout of the event with stations going off-air at the time of the ‘swearing in’ of Odinga.
Reports shows that many of the stations however streamed the event live on the Internet.
President Kenyatta was officially re-elected with 98% of the vote on October 26, 2017 with just under 39% of voters turning-up to vote, Odinga had instructed his supporters to boycott the election.
Kenyatta also won the initial election held on August 8, 2017 but that result was annulled by Kenya’s Supreme Court which described it as “neither transparent nor verifiable”.
It is left to be seen what this new event will lead to.
While not specifically named Odinga, Attorney General Githu Muigai warned last month that any attempt to hold alternative swearing in event amounted to treason. Observers fear that Tuesday’s protest could lead to more public unrest. At least 92 people were killed in election related violence, according to report from Kenya’s National Commission on Human Rights.