It is unfortunate but Kenya’s boat now has two captains.

On Tuesday, opposition leader, Raila Odinga was sworn as Alternative President of Kenya, months after Uhuru Kenyatta was re-elected and sworn in as President.

Odinga had since threatened to swear himself in as President of Kenya after he failed to participate in a repeat Presidential election in October following his successful challenge of the initial vote in August.

But in a swift reaction, the Kenyan government immediately on Tuesday declared the opposition’s ‘National Resistance Movement’ a criminal group, paving the way for potential arrests following the symbolic inauguration of Odinga.

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In October, Kenya’s Attorney General, Githu Muigai had warned Odinga he was courting trouble and could be charged for treason if he went ahead to swear himself in as alternative President.

But it appears the die is cast.

Odinga may be arrested and charged for treason, setting a tone for another political crisis in the most economically prosperous East African nation.  

Interior Ministry spokesman Mwenda Njoka confirmed the authenticity of an official notice sent to several media houses saying the movement - a loosely organised coalition of opposition lawmakers - had been declared illegal.

The world is watching.

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