Odinga plans parallel rally as Kenyatta is set to be sworn into office

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Raila Odinga withdrew from the October 26 vote in protest of a lack of electoral reforms.

Kenya’s main opposition leader Raila Odinga has declined an invitation to attend the inauguration of Uhuru Kenyatta as president of Kenya, and has instead planned a parallel event.

Odinga’s NASA coalition has organized a prayer rally in the capital, to mourn Kenyans he claims were killed by the police as they participated in a procession to welcome him home after his 10-day tour of the United States and Europe.

The presidency invited all the candidates who ran for the country’s top seat to the inauguration ceremony, urging them to enable Kenya forge a way forward.

Odinga withdrew from the repeat vote conducted on October 26 in protest of a lack of electoral reforms following the Supreme Court’s nullification of the August 8 election.

NASA demanded changes including the resignation of some officials of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), whom it accuses of engaging in electoral malpractices in the initial vote.

Kenyatta went on to win the repeat vote with over 98 percent.

Once sworn in, the 56-year-old will serve his second and last term.

More than 20 Heads of State are expected to attend the US$ 3million fete to be held at the Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi.