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VIDEO: I’m ready to die for ‘treason’ after being sworn-in, declares Raila Odinga

VIDEO: I’m ready to die for ‘treason’ after being sworn-in, declares Raila Odinga
December 19
14:12 2017

BY BMJ MURIITHI

Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga has dared Attorney General Githu Muigai to go ahead with plans to charge him with treason while insisting he will be sworn in as ‘the people’s president’ even if it meant losing his own life.

“Let me respond to Githu Muigai together with his boss …if we have to lose our lives so that voter rigging stops, we will be sworn-in and are ready to die,” Odinga told thousands of mourners Tuesday during the burial of former Kitui West MP Francis Nyenze in Kabati, Kitui.

 

In his tribute to the fallen Francis Mwanzia Nyenze, Odinga said the former MP, who was once a  cabinet minister in the Moi Government,  “leaves a great void in the people of Kitui West, the NASA fraternity and the country at large, given the countless ways in which he served the nation as MP, Minister and Minority Leader in Parliament.”

The former Prime Minister said Kalonzo is not interested in a parliamentary seat. “Kalonzo atakwenda kwa bunge namna gani na ili hali yeye ni naibu wa rais wa jamhuri ya Kenya (how can he be a member of parliament and yet he is the deputy president of the republic of Kenya)?” he wondered aloud.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta andhis deputy, William Ruto skipped the event. However, the Speaker of the National Assembly, JB Muturi, was in attendance.

Muturi paid glowing tribute to the former legislator terming him a peace maker. “Francis had a way of getting my attention and I had a great time working with him as the leader of minority,” said Muturi.

Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka’s tribute was read by Makueni governor, Kivutha Kibwana.

Others in attendance included Nasa co-principals Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula as well as Kitui governor, Charity Ngilu.

Some of the leaders who attended the burial of former legislator, Francis Nyenze in Kabati, Kitui on Tuesday Dec 19, 2017. PHOTO|COURTESY

 

Odinga rekindled the controversial  debate over his planned oath of office after failing to show up  for a planned “People’s assembly” even which had been planned to coincide with this year’s Jamhuri Day celebrations.

On Tuesday the United States reiterated its opposition to Raila Odinga’s announced intention to swear an oath as Kenya’s “people’s president.”

“Forming a separate or parallel government is really unhelpful,” said Donald Yamamoto, the acting assistant secretary of state for African affairs who was in Nairobi a week ago in an attempt to dissuade the opposition from acts which could exacerbate the already volatile political situation in the East African nation.

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President Kenyatta was sworn in on November 28th following a repeat presidential contest which was boycotted by Odinga who sought reforms in the electoral body, IEBC, among other things.

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