National Super Alliance leaders are reportedly planning to swear-in Raila Odinga as President of the People’s Republic of Kenya.
The swearing-in ceremony will take place on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, the same day Uhuru Kenyatta is to be sworn-in for his second five-year term.
The opposition had previously threatened to go ahead with the move saying that it does not recognize Uhuru as legitimately elected. It says the Jubilee Party rigged the elections.
Former Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama said the parallel swearing-in ceremony will take place.
Raila himself has not publicly commented on the move but had said the opposition does not recognize the new government. He is currently in Zanzibar for a series of meetings.
Raila had, however, called for Uhuru to step aside and a six-month transitional government put together to prepare for a free, fair and credible presidential election.
He has also said through his adviser, Salim Lone, that the Supreme Court ruling validating Uhuru’s election was delivered under “duress”.
“We in NASA had repeatedly declared before this Supreme Court ruling today that we consider this government to be illegitimate and we do not recognize it.”
“This position has not been changed by the court ruling, which does not come as a surprise,” Raila’s statement said.
Kenyatta won with 98 percent of the vote, with the turnout at 39 percent.
NASA says its unfair for the presidency to be held by two communities and traded back and forth between them while excluding other communities.
It has called for civil disobedience and boycotts as part of a National Resistance Movement which is pushing for electoral and governance reforms. It wants People’s Assemblies to deliberate on a parliamentary system and changes in electoral laws.
The NASA parallel swearing-in ceremony, if gone ahead with, is bound to ignite further confrontation with Jubilee.
It will also cause further chaos between supporters of either party who tend to react violently at perceived injustice.