Odinga ‘inaugurates’ himself as president

Kenya’s main opposition leader, Raila Odinga, has declared himself the ‘people’s president’ at a controversial ‘swearing-in’ ceremony in the capital Nairobi.

Thousands of his supporters attended the event, despite a government warning that it amounted to treason.

The authorities shut down TV stations to prevent live coverage of the event.

President Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn in for a second term last November.

He won an election re-run in October, but Odinga boycotted it.

Elections were first held in August but the courts ordered a re-run, saying Kenyatta’s victory was marred by irregularities.

Holding a Bible in his right hand at a park, Odinga declared that he was answering to a ‘high[er] calling to assume the office of the people’s president of the Republic of Kenya’.

“People had had enough of election rigging and the event was a step towards establishing a proper democracy in the East African state,” Odinga told a cheering crowd.

Speaking earlier to Kenyan broadcaster KTN, Odinga said his ‘swearing-in’ was intended to ‘show the world that what we are doing is legal, constitutional and not something you can remotely describe as a coup’./BBC