The events before, during and after Raila’s numerous swearing-in ceremonies

Did you know that NASA leader Raila Odinga was sworn-in more than once after the much disputed 2017 elections?

On January 31, 2018 former Prime Minister Raila Odinga was sworn in as “People’s President” in a mock ceremony that was held at Uhuru Park, Nairobi.

The ceremony was skipped by his allies Kalonzo Musyoka, Moses Wetang’ula and Musalia Mudavadi to the chagrin of the crowd that thronged the park.

Mr Odinga was angry with the outcome of the August 8, 2017 General Election in which Mr Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner with 54.17 percent of the vote, with Mr Odinga trailing second with 44.94 percent of the vote.

The now exiled lawyer, man with the same name twice, Dr Miguna Miguna was the one who commissioned the swearing-in at Uhuru Park. But why just him?

Miguna Miguna while appearing in an interview with Citizen TV’s Jeff Koinange on Wednesday night, he recounted the events before, during and after Raila’s numerous swearing-in ceremonies.

Miguna says he did not swear-in Raila Odinga out of spite. He says he was doing it for electoral justice.

Miguna said he saw how the elections were conducted and I knew he (Raila) won, challenging anyone who wants to challenge him as to why he say so to open the IEBC servers.

While diplomats — who included US ambassador Robert Godec, German Ambassador Jutta Frasch, and British High Commissioner Nic Hailey — tried to coax Mr Odinga out of the planned ceremony, he continued to rally his supporters under the hashtag #Resist.

The envoys later issued a joint statement, nay a demand, signed by 11 diplomats asking the opposition to “recognise” the election of President Kenyatta “as a legitimate expression of the people’s will before dialogue takes place”.

Whether this diplomatic push led to the non-attendance of Mr Musyoka, Mr Mudavadi and Mr Wetang’ula is not clear.

Again, whether the trio chickened out — according to the narrative by Mr Odinga’s supporters — or Mr Odinga tricked them out has never been ascertained.

But what is known is that this was the beginning of the end of the National Super Alliance (Nasa), a joint opposition ticket that had given Mr Kenyatta’s Jubilee some political scare in the polls.

More so, it also led to the metamorphosis of Mr Odinga from a rabble-rouser to a contained politician.

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