Attempt to swear in parallel president is treason: Kenyan Attorney General

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Kenya’s Attorney General Githu Muigai speaks during a press conference in Nairobi, Kenya September 22, 2017. REUTERS

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.

Speaking at a news conference, Muigai said that, “The criminal law of the Republic of Kenya stipulates that sort of process is high treason. It is high treason of the person involved, and any other person facilitating that process.” Reuters reports.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga last month said that he would be sworn in as the people’s president on December 12.

Odinga claims he won the August 8 election but was rigged out through manipulation of figures.

“Server indicated that we had 8.8 million votes while Kenyatta had 7.1million votes,” he said.

The Supreme Court annulled the August 8 election citing irregularities, calling for a presidential rerun on October 26, where Uhuru Kenyatta won with 98 per cent.

Odinga did not participate in the repeat election stating that forms had to be made in electoral body for credible election.

The swearing-in, he said, will be based on the results of August 8 presidential election, which he claims he won but was rigged out through manipulation of figures.

While announcing to his supporters last week Tuesday, Odinga said that his inauguration will be like that of Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa and not of Uganda’s Besigye.