AG: Raila’s swearing-in is high treason, punishable by death

AG: Raila's swearing-in is high treason, punishable by death
AG Githu Muigai at Sheria House on Friday December 7

Attorney General Githu Muigai has said that the controversial swearing in of opposition leader Raila Odinga slated for Tuesday, December 12 amounts to high treason.

Speaking at Sheria House on Thursday, the AG warned that persons that will facilitate or be involved in the event will face the full wrath of the law.

“The constitution of Kenya provides in clear terms in Article 2 (2) that no person may claim state authority except as authorised by the constitution. A swearing-in of any other person not declared to have lawfully won an election by IEBC and administered by the Chief Justice is high treason in respect of the person involved and any other facilitating that process,” said the AG

Muigai cited the Constitution which prescribes death as the punishment for treason.

“What is the punishment for high treason? It is death,” he said.

He also dismissed claims by the National Super Alliance (NASA) that formation of the People’s Assemblies is legal.

“The People’s Assembly is an institution totally unknown to the constitution of Kenya and totally unknown to the County Governments Act. Parliament has not delegated any such power and the consequence for that is that those institutions are unconstitutional,illegal and are null and void,” said the Attorney General.

He added that counties that have passed the People’s Assembly motion should be ready to be held to account.

So far 12 County Assemblies have passed NASA’s People’s Assembly motion.


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