AG: Police advised accordingly if Raila sworn-in

December 18, 2017 12:43 pm
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“We have an independent police service; we have an independent DPP, we have independent courts. Those institutions will do what they are mandated to do if and when the time is right,” he stated/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 18 – Attorney General Githu Muigai says he expects the police to act against NASA leader Raila Odinga should he be sworn-in as planned in contravention of the law.

Speaking to reporters Monday morning, the AG stated that as the Chief Legal advisor in the country, he has done his part by providing an interpretation of the Constitution on the matter.

He indicated that police and the courts which are independent bodies are under obligation to ensure that everybody regardless of social or political status upholds the law.

“The Constitution has set up independent institutions that deal with what is to happen when there is a violation. We have an independent police service; we have an independent DPP, we have independent courts. Those institutions will do what they are mandated to do if and when the time is right,” he stated.

His sentiments came even as NASA stated that Odinga’s swearing-in remains on course and he accused fake political analysts of misleading Kenyans during public debates.

“I place the blame at the door of two groups of people. One group are ‘lawyer politicians’ who never ever read a law book in the last 25 years and they begin every speech by saying ‘I am a lawyer myself,’ then they continue to mislead the public on the most basic and fundamental principles and concepts of the law,” he said.

He called on young and upcoming lawyers to lend their voices to the public debate and ensure Kenyans receive the correct information.

“You must call out these legal dinosaurs and you must help the public to appreciate what really is the law. Another group similar to this is the group of so-called public intellectuals. They comment on every issue. The more ignorant they are on the subject, the louder is their commentary on the subject on TV, radio and Facebook,” he stated.

“We owe the public a duty of care. We must stop these reckless individuals from misinforming the public. The law is more available now than it has ever been in the history of Kenya. We have a whole portal that carries the laws of Kenya available to any citizen to check for themselves and they do not have to be treated to the diatribes of this mostly mischievous, mostly uninformed people.”

Odinga insisted that he will be sworn-in as the ‘People’s President’ assuring his supporters of the state of the National Super Alliance’s proposed inauguration ceremony.

Speaking at Kikambala, Kilifi County, the Opposition leader said that his inauguration was still on course.

He also stated the reasons why the initial inauguration ceremony that had been scheduled for December 12 was postponed, saying the current political environment in the country had not been conducive.

Odinga was speaking at a consultative meeting to deliberate on the way forward for the People’s Assemblies motion at the coastal region.

The meeting was attended by a section of NASA leaders including Siaya Senator James Orengo, Kisumu Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o and the Head of the People’s Assembly National Steering Committee, David Ndii.

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