National Super Alliance leader Raila Odinga has said that he will be sworn in as President of Kenya on December 12.
He said he will be sworn-in through the People’s Assembly before getting into State House on the day that marks the country’s independence – Jamhuri Day.
Mr. Odinga said this while addressing his supporters near Jacaranda Grounds in Nairobi’s Eastlands area a few minutes after Uhuru Kenyatta took the oath of office for his second term.
He added that the opposition did not recognize him as the president.
“Uhuru Kenyatta is not the president of Kenya. We do not recognize the October 28 election, that was a fake election. 83% of the population boycotted the election,” he told his supporters.
Raila Odinga cited recent events in Uganda and in Zimbabwe where President Robert Mugabe was forced out of office and his former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa sworn in days later as interim president.
“We will not be sworn-in like [Ugandan Opposition leader Kizza] Besigye. We will be sworn-in like it was done with [Emmerson] Mnangagwa in Zimbabwe,” he said.
“They have sworn-in Uhuru as President. We will also have a swearing-in.”
Moments later as Raila continued to speak, his supporters started running as the police moved in to disperse the crowd.
Chaos broke out as everyone began scampering including Raila himself.
The police fired a few gunshots and teargassed Raila’s convoy, as supporters hid between cars. Everyone soon after began to leave as the police remained firm and opposed their assembly.
Reports suggest that earlier today, two people were shot dead in Soweto as police manned Jacaranda grounds to prevent NASA from holding its rally.
Another person reportedly sustained a deep cut to the head during the incident.