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NASA governor opposes Raila's swearing-in plan

Benard Ramoka

Raila Odinga taking his oath of office as Prime Minister in 2008. [Photo/ nation.co.ke]

Taita Taveta Governor Granton Samboja has weighed in on NASA leader Raila Odinga's planned swearing-in scheduled for December 12, 2017.

Speaking to journalists at his office in Taveta on Wednesday, Samboja said the plan to swear in Raila is not a wise move.

According to the Governor, Raila is likely to get on the wrong side of the law if he goes ahead to swear himself in as president.

Samboja, who was elected governor on a Wiper party ticket, asked Raila to be cautious with his moves, arguing that some of them are likely to land him in trouble.

"The constitution is clear on the matter of swearing-in and I think Raila should be careful on what he is about to do if indeed it is true he intends to swear himself in as president," said Samboja.

The former media personality who has been accused of being friendly to the Jubilee administration said the country is already divided and Raila's move could complicate matters further.

Samboja urged NASA leaders to review their plan to swear-in Raila and advise the former Prime Minister accordingly.

Raila's planned swearing-in continues to elicit sharp reactions and opinion among leaders across the divide.

Raila has maintained that he does not recognise President Uhuru Kenyatta's government, and that the people's assembly will swear him in on Jamhuri day.

Uhuru's government has warned Raila against the planned swearing-in terming the move as illegal and unconstitutional.

On Tuesday, Attorney General Githu Muigai said legal action will be taken against Raila and other opposition leaders if he dares to swear himself in as president.

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