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Kenya AG: Swearing to opposition leader Raila Odinga would be "betrayal"



Dec. 7 (UPI) – The plans of a Kenyan political coalition to swear on its candidate as president would be a treason offense, Kenya's Attorney General, Githu Muigai, warned on Thursday.

Muigai's warning comes from the plans of the National Super Alliance to swear in opposition to Raila Odinga, the opposition candidate who unsuccessfully ran against President Uhuru Kenyatta, as the "people's president" on Tuesday.

Kenyatta was inaugurated on November 28 after winning an election a month earlier, in which Odinga refused to override concerns about the integrity of the vote. The first elections in August also showed Kenyatta as the winner.

During a press conference on Thursday, Muigai warned the opposition group that swearing in a president that officially has not declared himself a winner is high treason, an offense that can result in the death penalty.

"The criminal law of the Republic of Kenya, in article 40 of the penal code stipulates or stipulates that such a process is a high treason," said Muigai.

The attorney general said that since Kenya has a president, the measure would be outside the constitution.

"Any attempt to swear to any person as president who is not elected in accordance with the constitution and in the manner provided by law is illegal, illegal, null and void," Muigai told reporters.

Odinga claims to have won the August elections, saying he was manipulated by manipulating numbers on government servers.


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