Raila defiant despite treason warning
SEE ALSO :Uhuru's tax gamble that enraged KenyansThe section dwells, among others, on deposing by unlawful means of the President and Government with the death sentence prescribed for any person found guilty of the offence. It also details the offence of "being an accessory after the fact to treason and the failing to give information to designated public bodies for the purpose of preventing commission of the offence," a pointer to possible broader crackdown of opposition leaders planning the ceremony. Raila said the Americans have no right to dictate to him what he should do, terming as hypocritical and unacceptable their statement in which the US urged Opposition leaders "to work within Kenya’s laws to pursue the reforms they seek and to avoid extra-constitutional actions such as the proposed “inauguration ceremony” on December 12". “You (diplomats) don’t have to shout about it. Give it in silence. Do not come and shout at us and tell us we are going to violate the Constitution… Constitution my foot!” Raila said. He questioned why they turned a blind eye when Kenyans were brutalised by the security forces, failed to talk on election fraud yet they were very loud on the consequences of his plans to be sworn in as president.
SEE ALSO :Raila runs into protest against tax“Countries saying they are friends of Kenya have remained silent since August 8, over 205 people have been killed, and not even a single person has talked," Raila said although he did not provide evidence of the death toll. He added: "This is the world we live in now where envoys don’t shun evil, as was the case before. Kenyans we are alone. Kenyans have their issues in their hands not foreigners.” The NASA chief was responding to US Acting Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Donald Yamamoto who met him on Tuesday and also pushed for dialogue with President Uhuru Kenyatta. Raila spoke at the City Mortuary as he consoled families of those who died following his return from the US on November 17 when police sought to forcibly break a procession of his supporters who had gone to welcome him at the airport. Even as the NASA leader dug in, Prof Muigai, the chief legal advisor to the Government, convened a press conference to warn Raila that he risked arrest should he make true his threat. [email protected]