On Tuesday Odinga took oath of office as the People’s President at Uhuru Park, an event that was attended by thousands of his supporters.
His deputy Kalonzo Musyoka failed to attend the much anticipated swearing-in.
Out of the act of being sworn in as the People’s President, the Former Prime Minster has joined the list of other brave African leaders who took oath as the People’s President.
Others opposition leaders who have sworn-in themselves as President include,
Etienne Tshisekedi from DRC’s Congo
Moshod Abiola, from Nigeria
Kiza Besigye from Uganda
Jean Ping from Gabon
Etienne Tshisekedi from DRC Congo
Étienne Tshisekedi wa Mulumba was a Congolese politician and the leader of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress, the main opposing political party in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Tshisekedi was bron in December 14, 1932 and died on February 1, 2017.
He was a candidate for President of Congo in the 2011 elections that many national and international observers, notably the carter Center,said lacked credibility and transparency.
Having officially lost to incumbent Joseph Kabila, Tshisekedi nevertheless declared himself the “elected president” of Congo. Policemen and Kabila’s presidential guards were subsequently stationed at every corner that gives entrance to Tshisekedi’s residence, placing him under unofficial House Arrest.
Moshod Abiola from Nigeria
Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola, CFR was a Nigerian Yoruba businessman, publisher, politician and aristocrat of the Yoruba Egba clan.
Abiola ran for the Presidency in 1993, for which the election results were annulled by the preceding military president Ibrahim Babangida because of allegations that they were corrupt and unfair.
The Situation forced Abiola to swear himself in as the People’s President.
Kizza Besigye from Uganda
Warren Kizza Besigye Kifefe, known as Kizza Besigye, and also nicknamed Colonel, Daktari, Kifefe, KB, and Ssenyondo, is a Ugandan physician, politician, and former military officer in the Uganda People’s Defence Force.
Besigye, the main opposition leader dramatically swore himself in as president of Uganda in 2016.
“I Kizza Besigye swear in the name of God…..” he started, declaring himself as People’s President and a rightful leader. He was later arrested after the “swearing in ceremony”
Jean Ping from Gabon
Jean Ping is a Gabonese diplomat and politician who was the Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union from 2008 to 2012.
He was previously the Foreign Minister of Gabon from 1999 to 2008 and served as President of the United Nationas General Assembly from 2004 to 2005.