Kenya says 'swearing-in' of Odinga would be seen as treason

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However, opposition leader Raila Odinga's spokesman Salim Lone said the planned swearing-in is on course despite fears expressed by the government.

Odinga's National Super Alliance said in a statement that the detained man, economist David Ndii, was recently appointed chairman of a committee organizing the protest event on December 12.

The NASA chief was responding to US Acting Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Donald Yamamoto who met him on Tuesday and also pushed for dialogue with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Police have disputed Nasa tallies in the past, saying only a few dozen people died in clashes that rocked Nairobi and several counties in western Kenya.

The first election in August also showed Kenyatta as the victor.

Mr Kenyatta easily won the rerun after Mr Odinga pulled out, citing lack of electoral reforms to level the field.

The opposition leader later urged the IEBC to postpone the repeat polls in light of the ongoing political turmoil and disagreements among the stakeholders, urging his support to stay away from the repeat exercise.

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Prof Muigai said the government would not stop at anything to prevent the breach of the rule of law and the constitution.

"The criminal law of the Republic of Kenya, in Article 40 of the penal code provides or stipulates that that sort of process, is high treason", Muigai said.

"What is the punishment for high treason?"

The section dwells, among others, on deposing by unlawful means of the President and Government with the death sentence prescribed for any person found guilty of the offence.

The AG warned that by establishing people's assemblies, the respective county assemblies may be deemed to have rescinded their elective roles, as they have handed back to the people their sovereignty as initially delegated through Article 1 (3).

Githu also cautioned the 11 counties that have approved the creation of people's assembly, noting that the county assemblies could be charged with misuse of tax payer's money. "Parliament has not delegated any such power and the outcome for that is that those institutions are unconstitutional, illegal and are null and void", said the Attorney General.

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