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To die or not, I’ll be sworn in, vows Raila

Seth Onyango @SethManex

National Super Alliance (Nasa) leader Raila Odinga yesterday declared he is ready to pay the ultimate price to achieve electoral justice in the country. His remarks were a direct response to the Attorney General Prof Githu Muigai’s Monday warning that he risks being tried for treason, an offence punishable by death, if he makes good his threat of swearing himself in as the “people’s president.”

Speaking at the burial ceremony of the late Kitui West legislator Francis Nyenze, the opposition chief said he will not be cowed by the AG’s remarks, vowing to take “oath of office” soon.

“When I say I’ll be sworn in, Githu says try…I want to tell him and his boss that we will be sworn-in and if that means death, then we are willing to die so that we achieve electoral justice in this country,” he said, adding; “You cannot rig our victory and tell us not to cross the red line”.

The former premier insisted he won the August 8 presidential election based on data available on the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) servers. Suba MP and National Assembly Leader of Minority John Mbadi reiterated Raila’s sentiments that the opposition chief will be sworn in as the “people’s president”.

“Whether we are going to have two presidents or not, we don’t care,” he said. Raila also dismissed claims that Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka will contest the Kitui West parliamentary seat left vacant by Nyenze. ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi condemned police brutality asserting Kenyans have a right to assembly.

Meanwhile, Nyenze’s family eulogised him as a dedicated family man and a politician who loved all irrespective of socio-economic status. “He always put his family first and helped his constituents,” said the wife, Edith Nyenze who has now been endorsed by Kamba leaders to succeed her husband.

Politicians from the National Assembly paid tribute to Nyenze as a soft spoken but assertive leader. He passed on a fortnight ago after battling colon cancer since 2008.

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