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31 Enero 2018, 10:18 | Benedicto Grullon
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As people assembled, authorities forced independent television and radio stations reporting on the gathering off air, several outlets said - the most widespread censorship for a decade. The opposition leader called the ceremony a step toward establishing a functioning democracy in Kenya, East Africa's economic hub.
"Alos, by resisting all attempts at dialogue, Kenyatta has put himself in a position where he will continue to struggle to be seen as the president of all Kenyans".
Odinga explained that his running mate KalonzoMusyoka would take his oath at a later date.
The oath was administered by Ruaraka MP TJ Kajwang and former Nairobi governor candidate Miguna Miguna.It is not clear what Raila will do since Kenya has president Uhuru Kenyatta and deputy president William Ruto.
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While threats have been made in the past, the government switching off media broadcasting signals is unusual, the BBC reported. A legal expert and Public Affairs commentator, Barr Godwin Ugborji is of the view that,"The move by Odinga is undesirable, and uncalled for!"
The prelate prayed that people should not be led into violence following the oathing ceremony.
"He's anxious that after successive failed attempts to win the presidency, his political capital is running out", Atwell said.
The swearing-in poses a constitutional crisis for Kenya and heightens the political impasse that has gripped the East African nation since August a year ago. But the Supreme Court annulled the results, saying there were voting irregularities and signs of fraud.
The administration of the actual president of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, was not amused.
The election had been controversial from the outset. The electoral commission has refuted those claims.
After the annulment of the original election, Bishop Philip Anyolo, the Chairman of the Kenya Bishops' Conference, said the bishops were "deeply concerned with the state of our nation, and we urgently need our leaders to address these issues to secure the country". That came after at least 67 people were killed during protests after the first vote, according to Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.
Many hoped Mr Kenyatta would reach out to his rival. Kenyatta, the incumbent, was declared president after elections were held in early August. They faced a long wait.
There is tension in the capital Nairobi where the event is scheduled to take place. Odinga's growing popularity among its supporters is quite obvious especially that he is depicted as the only legitimate Kenyan President.
"This is a handsome day".
Police officers who had been deployed to the city were withdrawn before the event could start. "We are suffering as Kenyans". Today we are willing to die.
Since independence in 1963, Kenya has been ruled only by leaders from the Kikuyu and Kalenjin groups.
Kenyatta's ruling Jubilee party has dismissed Odinga's swearing-in plan as "noise".
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