U.S. urges Kenya's opposition to pursue electoral reforms within law


Raila said the Americans have no right to dictate to him what he should do, terming as hypocritical and unacceptable their statement in which the United States urged Opposition leaders "to work within Kenya's laws to pursue the reforms they seek and to avoid extra-constitutional actions such as the proposed "inauguration ceremony" on December 12".

Plans by a Kenyan political coalition to swear in their candidate as president would be a treasonable offense, Kenya Attorney-General Githu Muigai warned Thursday. "Parliament has not delegated any such power and the outcome for that is that those institutions are unconstitutional, illegal and are null and void", he said.

Kenya's opposition leader has rejected USA advice to cancel a planned mock inauguration of him as president, saying he does not recognise the legitimacy of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

He will also face charges of undermining a legitimate Government and treason which is punishable by death.

"You (diplomats) don't have to shout about it. Give it in silence". Constitution my foot! In as much as we are friends, you can not come and decide the destiny of Kenyans.

"We now know that those people that have been posing as our friends are indeed our enemies because up to today, 215 people have been killed since August 8 General Election by police yet not even one ambassador has come out to condemn the wanton killings", he said. "Kenyans have their issues in their hands not foreigners".

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In a statement issued in Nairobi at the conclusion of a three-day visit by US acting Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Donald Yamamoto, Washington called on authorities to respect independent judiciary, protect the democratic space for a vibrant civil society and media, and ensure all citizens have the right to express their views.

National Super Alliance (Nasa) leader Raila Odinga on Thursday met and condoled with families that lost their loved ones during the post-poll chaos.

Speaking during a press conference, the AG stated that any swearing-in done without declaration of victor by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission and the presence of the Chief Justice is illegal.

During a news briefing on Thursday, Muigai warned the opposition group that swearing in a president who's not officially been declared the victor is high treason, an offense that can result in the death penalty.

He added: "Notwithstanding the constitutional and legal outcome, there are some misguided propositions being made, suggesting to hold an unconstitutional and illegal "swearing in" of the NASA presidential and deputy presidential candidates in contravention of Article 3 of the Constitution".