Kenya Opposition Leader Odinga Takes Oath as 'People's President'

A key security committee decided that police should be withdrawn from Uhuru Park and allow the opposition alliance Nada to 'swear in' Raila Odinga, the Daily Nation reports. Quoting an unnamed source, the newspaper says that the National Security Advisory Committee also decided to withdraw Odinga's police bodyguards, and those of other Nasa leaders Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetang'ula. The three were absent from the event.

Holding up a green bible, Raila Odinga administered the oath himself - but without Kalonzo Musyoka, his running mate in the 2017 general election.

Kalonzo Musyoka's home in Karen, Nairobi.

A police patrol car in Nairobi on January 30, 2017.

Raila Odinga tweeted that he wishes to "thank the people of Kenya for the mandate they have given us and for their steadfast confidence in us. You came from all corners of the republic to witness my inauguration and it was good to see you out in millions" after he took his oath as the "people's president".

Tens of thousands of people showed up for Raila Odinga's "swearing-in" ceremony at Uhuru Park in Nairobi.

A Modern Coast bus, which was ferrying Nasa supporters, is held at Voi Police Station on January 30, 2018.


Uhuru Park in Nairobi, the venue of the planned swearing-in of Nasa leaders Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka on January 30, 2018.


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