Odinga takes symbolic presidential oath of office

President Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn in for a second term in November after winning the repeat presidential election in October.

FILE: Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga addressing supporters. Picture: @RailaOdinga/Twitter.

NAIROBI - Kenya opposition leader Raila Odinga took a symbolic presidential oath of office on the Bible in front of thousands of ecstatic supporters on Tuesday in a direct challenge to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s rule.

“I, Raila Omolo Odinga, do swear that I will protect the nation as people’s president, so help me God,” he said as the crowd cheered.

President Kenyatta was sworn in for a second term in November after winning the repeat presidential election in October that Odinga boycotted due to doubts it would be free and fair.

Kenyatta had also been declared the winner of the August election, but the Supreme Court later nullified that result, over irregularities.

Odinga said the October election was “fake” and earlier said a “People’s Assembly” would swear him in on 12 December. That did not happen, and a new event was planned for Tuesday.