Kenyan TV stations remain shut as police arrest third Odinga supporter

Feb 07, 2018, 00:58
Kenyan TV stations remain shut as police arrest third Odinga supporter

Kenyatta won a second five-year term in office during the rerun, and he was sworn in as the country's leader in a ceremony last November.

Kenyan police on Tuesday charged a politician over witnessing the mock inauguration last week of opposition leader Raila Odinga, an event the government considers treason, while the passports of more than a dozen opposition leaders were suspended.

At least one other opposition figure has been arrested.

Around 100 people were killed during the protracted election season, majority Odinga supporters shot by the police.

Miguna's arrest has sparked protests. He was granted bail of 50,000 Kenyan shillings ($500) but has remained in police custody with his whereabouts unknown - something Kenya's lawyers' association said breached his rights. In Nairobi, High Court judge Luka Kimaru ordered that Miguna be released.

"Once again the state is wilfully violating Mr. Miguna's rights by moving him without any notice to his lawyers or his family and, in order to frustrate their access to him, to a court stationed outside Nairobi", Isaac Okero, president of the Law Society of Kenya, told reporters.

Kenyan TV stations remain shut as police arrest third Odinga supporter

Miguna's lawyers have now applied to have the case transfered to Milimani-with the judge due to rule Tuesday afternoon on the matter.

"We are back on air", said Joe Ageyo, the managing editor of Kenya Television Network. His supporters in the opposition stronghold of Kisumu city in western Kenya clashed with police, who fired tear gas at them. A government official, who asked not to be named, confirmed its authenticity.

The government took three private television channels off the air on Tuesday as they began to cover of the opposition ceremony.

They bashed Duale and the the Jubilee administration he represents for blatantly breaking the law by continuing to detain Miguna Miguna even after a court ordered for his release on Friday.

Kenyatta won the August election, and won the repeat election in October as well after Odinga boycotted it, complaining it would not be fair.

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