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Raila: Why I took oath of office as ‘people’s president’ – VIDEO

By HILARY KIMUYU February 21st, 2018 1 min read

Nasa leader and self-proclaimed ‘people’s president’ Raila Odinga on Tuesday revealed why he took the oath of office in January.

Mr Odinga, speaking at the burial of Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai in Buhera, Zimbabwe, said his mock swearing in was a protest against rigged elections.

“Rigged elections will not help Africa, they are held to perpetuate dictatorship and mediocrity on our continent that is the reason why I recently decided to take an oath…  to say this far we go, we will not go further down,” Mr Odinga said amid cheers from the mourners.


He added: “We must stand for proper elections that are held transparently and deserve physically confirmed to how the people voted.”

Mr Odinga held a mock swearing in as the ‘people’s president’ on January 30 at Uhuru Park amid cheers from thousands of his supporters who had camped there for hours.

The event took place three months after he boycotted a presidential election re-run.

Mr Odinga, 72, boycotted the re-run claiming the government planned to rig the vote.

President Uhuru Kenyatta won a second and final five-year term in office and was sworn in as president in November.

The Supreme Court had annulled August’s presidential election result saying the electoral commission committed “irregularities and illegalities” during the vote, harming the integrity of the election.


Raila Odinga ‘sworn in’ as the People’s ‘President’ – PHOTOS