Kenya's Raila Odinga Sworn In As 'People's President'

NASA supporters throng Uhuru Park ready for Raila's swearing-in

"Today is a historic day in the history of Kenya", he said.

He called the ceremony a step towards establishing a functioning democracy in Kenya.

The swearing-in took place at a mass rally of supporters at Nairobi's Uhuru Park.

Interior Minister Fred Matiangi in a gazette notice has declared the movement an organized criminal group.

The much-hyped fete culminated in deflated fanfare as Raila turned up without his three Nasa co-principals, Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi and Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang'ula.

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga has taken an unofficial oath to be "sworn in" as the nation's people's president.

"It was prudent for the police to keep off a largely peaceful ceremony and prevent a risky altercation with opposition supporters", said Manyora. But a government threat to block access to the ceremony did not materialize.

As supporters gathered in Uhuru Park for the ceremony, a number of media outlets, including independently-owned Citizen TV, had been forced off the air by the government's communications authority.

Kenya's opposition leader will be sworn in as president on January 30, but there is one problem: Kenya already has a president, Uhuru Kenyatta. Besigye was later arrested and charged with treason and the matter is still in court.

The U.S. State Department congratulated Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto on their victory after the October election was allowed to stand, but expressed deep concern about "ongoing political tensions in Kenya" and urged security forces to "refrain from the use of unnecessary force against citizens exercising their democratic rights". A previous disputed election in 2007, also contested by Odinga, triggered ethnic violence for weeks across much of the country, killing up to 1,500 people.

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The result of the August general election was annulled following allegations of irregularities.

The administration of the actual president of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, was not amused.

In a short speech, lasting less than five minutes, Mr Odinga denounced "election stealing" and the country's "electoral autocracy", but he said little of his future plans.

Kenya's electoral commission has called those results "fake". At least 92 people were killed previous year as election turmoil gripped the country.

Almost 100 people were killed over the prolonged election period, mostly in clashes between Odinga supporters and police.

Many hoped Mr Kenyatta would reach out to his rival. They faced a long wait. Freedom has come to our people. Odinga told his supporters that he would be sworn in later, for reasons that would be explained on a later date.

Swearing-in main opposition leader, Raila Odinga as President of Kenya could lead to a possible mayhem, Chief Executive Officer of Irbard Security Consult, has predicted. "We are suffering as Kenyans". Today we are willing to die.

"The illegal government killed us, including little children".

Since independence in 1963, Kenya has been ruled only by leaders from the Kikuyu and Kalenjin groups.

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