>> Kenyan opposition leader, Raila Odinga, sending a direct challenge to president Uhuru Kenyatta.>> I seal the office of the people's president of the Republic of Kenya.>> Reigniting a bitter rivalry from last year's election, which he claims was neither free nor fair. Reuters' Catherine Harold in Nairobi explains.
>> Today, Kenyan opposition leader, Raila Odinga, swore himself in as the people's president, a largely symbolic protest against the rule of President Uhuru Kenyatta. More than 10,000 people descended on Nairobi's Uhuru Park to watch Odinga's ceremony, which began six hours late but was over in about five minutes.
>> Ordinga's supporters say that he, not Kenyatta, is the country's legitamate leader. As the ceremony went ahead, Kenyan authroity shut private television and radio stations, the most widespread censorship for at least ten years. The government was quick to declare the opposition's national resistance movement a criminal group, paving the way for potential arrests.
The attorney general has already warned Odinga could be charged with treason for the event, an offense that can carry the death penalty. Odinga gave a brief speech in which he said the Kenyan people had stood up to tyranny and rejected vote rigging. But he offered few clues about what his next moves would be.
Police were pulled away from the site hours before Odinga supporters began to show up and had obviously been told not to provoke or target the crowd.>> It was a far cry from the election period where nearly 100 people were killed, mostly in clashes between Odinga supporters and police.
Analysts believe the situation is a lose-lose for both leaders. Questions about where Odinga goes next, and a shadow over Kenyatta who has refused to dialogue and was struggled to be seen as the President of all Kenyans.