Kenya Declares Opposition Political Party A Criminal Group

Kenya Declares Opposition Political Party A Criminal Group

By Aaron Abraham | Staff Reporter on January 31, 2018
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Kenyan opposition party National Super Alliance (NASA) leader, Raila Odinga holds a bible during a rally in Homa Bay on the shores of Lake Victoria, Kenya, on Saturday. PHOTO CREDITS | Brian Ongoro/AFP/Getty Images

The Kenyan government on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, proscribed Raila Odinga’s ‘National Resistance Movement’ and labeled it as an ‘organized criminal group’, paving the way for potential arrests following the symbolic inauguration of the opposition leader.

The government subsequently declared the resistance movement “an organized criminal group.” The declaration cited Kenya’s Prevention of Organized Crimes Act of 2010.

Raila Odinga, Kenyan opposition leader, had earlier defied government’s warning and sworn-in himself as “the people’s president” and could face treason trial.

The government had warned that he risked being charged for treason, an offence punishable by death.

In spite of the warning, he took a symbolic oath of office on Tuesday.

Odinga, who boycotted the country’s disputed election last year, swore himself in as the “people’s president” at a mock inauguration ceremony Tuesday in protest against President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Thousands of opposition supporters gathered at Uhuru Park in central Nairobi to attend the “swearing-in” protest event, which was organised by Odinga’s National Super Alliance, NASA.

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