(AFP) – Kenya’s attorney general said Thursday that an opposition plan to have its leader Raila Odinga sworn in as an alternative
president would amount to treason.
Odinga challenged the result of August’s presidential election but then boycotted the court-ordered October rerun, handing victory to President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The veteran opposition leader continues to dispute the legality of Kenyatta’s rule and plans to have himself declared president at a ceremony on
December 12, Kenya’s independence day.
Attorney General Githu Muigai said any such move would be illegal.
“The criminal law in the republic of Kenya… stipulates that that process is high treason,” he said, a crime punishable by death although Kenya has not
executed anyone for 30 years.