U.S. Tells Kenyan Opposition Leader to Withdraw Self-Inauguration Plans, Threaten Sanctions

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The United States asked Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga Tuesday to call off the planned swearing in ceremony on Tuesday next week.

Assistant Principal Deputy Secretary at the Bureau of African Affairs Donald Yamamoto cautioned NASA principles during a meeting at US Ambassador Robert Godec’s residence in Nairobi that the move would only serve to further polarize the country.

He reportedly told Odinga that defiant individuals may face unspecified sanctions from President Donald Trump’s administration.

A source who attended the meeting said the envoy undertook to bring President Uhuru Kenyatta’s ruling Jubilee to the negotiating table in order to agree with the opposition on how to get out of the impasse, according to Nairobi-based Nation newspaper.

“Uhuru may have been sworn in but most parts of the country do not recognize his authority because he was fraudulently elected. It against this backdrop that we are seeking justice,” Nation quoted the source.

Yamamoto is expected to meet President Kenyatta in his push to initiate dialogue, and perhaps meet Nasa again afterwards.

Kenyatta won a repeat presidential election on Oct. 26 that was boycotted by Odinga, who said it would not be free and fair. The Supreme Court nullified the first presidential election, in August, over irregularities.

Odinga had called for a “National Resistance Movement” after the victory which court upheld last month. It was unclear what shape that movement would take following the court’s ruling.

However, Odinga’s loyalists  are citing Article 1 giving all sovereign power to the Kenyan people, as justification to swear in Raila as the “People’s President” on December 12.