Published: Wed, February 07, 2018
Life&Culture | By Ben Goodman

Kenya police tear gas protesters over close of 4 TV stations

Kenya police tear gas protesters over close of 4 TV stations

Odinga insists he, not Kenyatta, was the true victor of a disputed presidential election last August.

Two opposition lawmakers present at the "swearing in" a week ago were arrested and later released.

The government shut down four private TV stations on 30 January after they failed to abide by a state-imposed ban against broadcasting the "inauguration" of opposition leader Raila Odinga as the "people's president".

Around 100 people were killed during the protracted election season, a lot of them Odinga supporters shot by the police.

Campaigning lawyer Miguna Miguna was arrested on Friday in a dawn raid on his home.

High Court Judge Luka Kimaru has this time ordered IG Boinnet and DCI Kinoti to personally appear in court on Tuesday morning with Miguna Miguna.

According to the charge sheet presented in court, Miguna was charged with being present and consenting to the administration of an oath to commit a capital offense namely treason.

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The move prompted worldwide condemnation, with the United Nations later criticising Kenyan officials for failing to comply with a ruling by the country's High Court to lift the block on the channels.

Miguna's advocates now want the court to direct the Kajiado court to release their client and his file to the Milimani court.

Maverick the freedom of Lawyer Miguna Miguna still hangs in the balance hours after High Court Judge Justice Luka Kimaru ordered his immediate release from police custody 5 days after his dramatic arrest last Friday.

"As soon as we serve the order this morning I expect the stations to be back on", he said.

Odinga's supporters protested against the charges, blocking roads and clashing with police in the western city of Kisumu, a Reuters witness said. Mr Odinga boycotted a re-run election in October, saying no reforms had been made to the electoral commission.

Two Kenyan television stations have resumed broadcasting after being taken off air for plans to show a rally held by the country's opposition leader.

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said government's refusal to abide by court orders was contempt for the rule of law and a brazen example of censorship.

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