In Summary
  • Mr Odinga also accused the government of holding hostage various government bodies, leaving citizens helpless. 

  • The former Prime Minister said the Jubilee government had resorted to disobeying court orders and using police to violate people’s rights. 

  • He said electoral injustice was deep-rooted in the country and that he had been a victim in 2007, 2013 and 2017.

Nasa leader Raila Odinga has accused the Jubilee leadership of blatant violation of the Constitution and human rights through disobeying of court orders and harassment by police. 

Mr Odinga also accused the government of holding hostage various government bodies, leaving citizens helpless. 

The opposition chief, who was sworn in as the “people’s president” on January 30, said that among the bodies held hostage by Jubilee include the Judiciary, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and Parliament. 

Mr Odinga was speaking in Vihiga during the burial of Justus Etale, the father of ODM Communications Director Philip Etale. 

The former Prime Minister said the Jubilee government had resorted to disobeying court orders and using police to violate people’s rights. 

Mr Odinga was making his second public address since he was sworn in as the “people’s president”.

GRABBED POWER

His first address was when he attended the funeral service for Yvonne Wamalwa, widow of former Vice-President Michael Kijana Wamalwa, in Nairobi.

His “oath” has led to the government cracking down on opposition politicians close to him. 

But, speaking in Vihiga, Mr Odinga said: “This is my first engagement party with the public after being sworn in. We are relying on Article 1 of the Constitution that says sovereignty lies with the people of Kenya,” said Mr Odinga. 

He went on: “The people can exercise it directly or indirectly but our competitors are doing the opposite. They have grabbed power and held government bodies hostage.

“The State has become rogue.  They are blatantly violating court orders and using the police to intimidate people,” he said. 

Mr Odinga, however, told his supporters that he had been sworn in and that “things are going to change”.

“We are going to hold the people’s convention soon. I will discharge my duties as the people’s president without fear,” he said. 

DEPORTATION

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