Kenyan TV stations shut over opposition coverage

Matiang'i issued the notice just hours after NASA leader Raila Odinga was sworn in as the "People's President" at Uhuru Park in Nairobi.

Miguna commissioned the oath taken by Odinga and signed it as a witness under his Miguna and Company Advocates law firm.

Following the mock swearing-in of Kenya's Opposition leader Raila Odinga, the Kenyan government on Tuesday declared the opposition's "National Resistance Movement" a criminal group, paving the way for potential arrests following the symbolic inauguration of the opposition leader.

Odinga, 73, held a swearing-in ceremony in Nairobi on Tuesday with the event attended by thousands of supporters in another challenge to President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election a year ago following two votes that the opposition claims were rigged.

"I will protect, uphold the sovereignty, integrity, and dignity of the people of Kenya. So help me God", said Raila.

After attending the NASA controversial inauguration ceremony at Uhuru Park Grounds on Tuesday the 30th January, Ruaraka Member of Parliament Tom Joseph Kajwang has been arrested over the same.

Similarly, the other NASA principals Moses Wetang'ula and Musalia Mudavadi who were also missing as Raila in ceremony have as well been pushing for the swearing in of the NASA leader, with the aim of achieving electoral justice.

"We've fulfilled our promise to take the oath of office".

"Odinga is the one we recognise as the president and that is why we are swearing him in", said hairdresser Benta Akinyi, 32.

Odinga has refused to accept Kenyatta's re-election, which came after last year's deeply-divisive election season in which rights activists say at least 92 people were killed. He won an election re-run in October, but Mr Odinga boycotted it.

Orengo acted as a Master of Ceremony at the swearing-in fete on Tuesday.

Odinga and Kalonzo made no comment on the numbers.

Many users on Twitter, presumably non supporters, complained to Twitter that Mr Odinga was impersonating the Kenyan head of state two which they received a standard response that the claims were being investigated.

"We're still consulting and we will let you know". "I knew we were vulnerable but I didn't think they would strike that fast", he said.

However, Kenya's editor's guild said in a statement on Monday that Kenyatta, in a private meeting with journalists and editors warned last Friday that he would shut down and revoke the licenses of any media house that broadcast Odinga's protest event. "Our phones could be switched off as well", the Wiper leader speculated.

  • Jon Douglas