Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s ODM party has left Kenyans puzzled after marking 2nd anniversary since Raila was sworn in as the people’s President after the 2017 general elections.
Through its official Twitter page, ODM celebrated the 2nd anniversary as it heaped loads of praises to the opposition Chief.
“The first man in Kenya who dared to resign from parliament & reclaimed his seat in the subsequent by-election on another party. This man Raila Amolo Odinga.
“Today we mark the 2nd Anniversary since his swearing-in as the People’s President. Long live Baba,” read the tweet.
Kenyans reacted to the post questioning why the party did not recognize Miguna Miguna, man who swore Raila then later deported to Canada.
“You mark the day he was sworn in but won’t recognize the man who boldly swore him in!!,” Josh Kariuki responded.
Reacting to the post, one Sammy Monoo said that history will judge President Uhuru for what he has done and what he is keeping doing to the exiled lawyer.
“History will Judge son of Jomo for what he’s done and keep doing to Miguna Miguna a true son of the soil Kenya. Desposts will surely fall someday.”
“When the one who administered the oath is languishing like a lesser Kenyan. When other lawyers who today pretend to be loyal to your party chickened out of the process @MigunaMiguna fearlessly swore your so called people’s President and you repaid him with Betrayal #Shameful,” said James Mwadeghu.
Raila Odinga’s swearing-in
Odinga took his oath on Tuesday, January 30th 2018 afternoon, cheered on by thousands of supporters who had gathered in Nairobi’s Uhuru Park.
The symbolic “swearing in” ceremony took place three months after he boycotted a presidential election re-run.
Against expectations, Odinga’s deputy Kalonzo Musyoka was missing at the function. Odinga told his supporters that he would be sworn in later, for reasons that would be explained on a later date.
Kenya’s Attorney General, Githu Muigai, had said in December that Odinga’s alternative swearing-in ceremony would amount to treason.
Citizen, NTV and KTN stations said that authorities took the independent broadcasters off air over plans to cover the ceremony at Nairobi’s Uhuru Park.
A day before the swearing-in ceremony, Linus Kaikai, chairman of the Kenya Editors Guild, said senior editors had been summoned by the authorities and warned not to cover the event or risk being shut down.