Kenya opposition leader hits out at United States 'audacity' over mock inauguration event


Without directly mentioning the ceremony or the United States, Odinga said on Thursday that Kenyans should be left to solve their own problems.

United States has pleaded with the National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga to cancel his swearing-in event on December 12. But the Supreme Court nullified the result, and a repeat election was held on October 26.

"Our friends can give us privacy. Up to today, no single ambassador has condemned the killing of people by police", he said.

So far, 12 Kenyan counties have passed motions supporting the formation of a people's assembly, a lot of them counties that had backed the opposition in Kenya's protracted voting.

The opposition leader claimed that since August, 215 people had been killed and the government had remained silent over it.

"The People's Assembly is an institution totally unknown to the constitution of Kenya and totally unknown to the County Governments Act".

Kenya's opposition leader is rejecting U.S. advice to cancel a planned mock inauguration of him as president, saying he doesn't recognize the legitimacy of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Odinga and Kenyatta faced off in an election in August that Kenyatta won.

After the prayers, a total of 16 bodies were removed from the mortuary and ferried to various destinations for burial.

The team preparing for Odinga's inauguration wrote to Governors Anyang' Nyong'o (Kisumu), Charity Ngilu (Kitui), Hassan Joho (Mombasa), Cornel Rasanga (Siaya), Cyprian Awiti (Homa Bay), Amason Kingi (Kilifi), Okoth Obado (Migori), Kivutha Kibwana (Makueni), Odeke Ojaamong (Busia), Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega) and Wilber Ottichilo (Vihiga) requesting them to arrange for a venue where Odinga will take Oath of Office as people's president.

Accordding to Nairobi Women representatiive Esther Passaris, Sh50,000 will be given to each of the bereaved families to help with the expenses and burial preparations.