What Next for “Baba” Raila Odinga?
Thousands of NASA supporters’ leader Raila Odinga gathered in Nairobi Tuesday 30th ahead of a ceremony to swear him in as the People’s President, three months after he claims an election was stolen from him.
Raila Odinga was introduced to the podium a few minutes to 3pm EAT by Mombasa governor Ali Hassan Joho where he took oath of office. Armed with a Bible at hand he proceeded to take the oath; “I Raila Amolo Odinga in full recognition of the high calling assume the office of the People’s President of the Republic of Kenya do swear to faithfully and take due allegiance to the people of Kenya to serve, protect and defend the constitution of Kenya as per the law established and all the laws as adopted by the people of Kenya. I will protect and uphold the sovereignty, integrity and dignity of the people of Kenya. So help me God” Raila Amolo Odinga, after which the crowd uploaded his bold step.
The planned “inauguration” had raised fears of violence as police had vowed not to allow the event to go ahead. However officers kept their distance as hundreds gathered at the Uhuru Park venue.
During the inauguration all the other three core principles were missing in action- his deputy Kalonzo Musyoka, Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula and leader of Amani National Congress (ANC) Musalia Mudavadi. Earlier on speaking at his Karen home Kalonzo Musyoka stated that his bodyguards had been withdrawn terming it as ill intended.
After the swearing in Raila thanked his supporters for showing up at the ceremony terming it a historic moment where the people will get liberated. He assured his supporters that despite the other principles missing during the ceremony they are together with him in his quest for liberation and more will be communicated in due time and that his deputy will be sworn in at a latter date. “God bless Kenya, God bless Africa” Raila said as he concluded his speech. He was accompanied by NASA front men Miguna Miguna, David Ndii, TJ Kajwang, Hassan Joho and James Orengo
The Communication Authority (CA) had earlier today turned off three television stations that is Citizen TV, NTV and KTN so as to prevent them from live broadcast of the inauguration.
Swearing in Raila into office had earlier been termed as treason which is punishable by death according to Kenyan Constitution however political analysts indicate that the wordings he used do not result to treason.
Raila has termed this bold step as the first one to democracy however Kenya awaits to see what will happen next.