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Kenya's Raila Odinga Sworn In As 'People's President'

Patty Aguilar | 31 January, 2018, 21:14

He called on Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the African Union to intervene and "open negotiations between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Mr Raila Odinga to set up a roadmap for peace".

Claiming the poll would not be fair, Odinga boycotted the second vote and Kenyatta won with 98%.

Mr Musyoka was to take the oath as Mr Odinga's deputy as the opposition leader declared himself "the people's president". "Today is a one stop towards doing away with electoral autocracy and to establishing proper democracy in the country", said Odinga.

"We intend to hold a peaceful event", Odinga's NASA alliance said in a statement late on Monday. Most were opposition supporters who went on the streets to protest Kenyatta's re-election. He signed a statement, swore an oath and left the stage, leaving his supporters wondering why it was such a low-key affair, he adds.

"As a result of what happened yesterday, we have commenced investigations targeting individuals", Fred Matiang'i told a news conference.

"We have accomplished our promise to Kenyans", said Odinga before quickly departing, the packed venue emptying out in minutes. "They should immediately allow the media organizations to resume their work in accordance with the law".

Citizen TV told the BBC the authorities had forced them off the air over plans to cover the gathering. KTN had been showing a live video stream from the ceremony.

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"The Kenya Union of Journalists (KUJ) takes exception to unprecedented intimidation of journalists and calls for respect to the Constitution of Kenya, which gives the media freedom to carry out its duties as a watchdog without influence from any institution".

NTV Kenya has been shut down by the Communications authority while airing proceedings at Uhuru Park where the opposition Nasa swearing in is.

Why is the election result disputed?

"In less than 30 days time we will hold a national convention where the groundwork will be laid on how the NASA government will be run". He was inaugurated in November. "This is Odinga's last realistic chance to win the presidency, so it is hard to see him standing down", said Dr Mike Jennings of SOAS, University of London.

Correspondents say the election dispute has left Kenya deeply divided.

A Senior Lecturer at the Department of Sociology, University of Abuja, Dr Umar Abubakar Kari said, Kenyan leaders should not forget the 2007, crisis in the Rift Valley, where over 1,200 people were reported to have been killed, while thousands others were displaced.

He urged Kenya's opposition leader to learn from Ghana's experience and work on electoral reforms to ensure fairness and transparency in the election processes. Other than that, it is unclear what he has gained from the "swearing-in".

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