A Kenyan lawmaker who administered the oath of office to opposition leader Raila Odinga during his symbolic inauguration as ‘People’s President’ was charged with treason on Thursday and could be jailed for life. TJ Kajwang (pictured centre), who was detained by police on Wednesday afternoon, was also charged with taking part in an unlawful assembly without notifying Kenyan authorities, court documents stated. The legislator freed on a $500 bail will make a plea in court on Tuesday. Kajwang, wearing lawyer’s wig, stood on the podium next to Odinga as the opposition leader, raising the Bible over his head, ‘swore’ himself in at Nairobi’s Uhuru Park on Tuesday. Shortly afterwards, the government announced it would investigate the ceremony and take legal action against those involved. Odinga staged the mock inauguration in front of tens of thousands of cheering supporters as he believed that the government of President Uhuru Kenyatta was an illegitimate one following “sham” elections last year.
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