Kenyan opposition MP charged with treason over Raila Odinga's 'swearing in'

Kenyan opposition MP charged with treason over Raila Odinga's 'swearing in'

Kenyan opposition MP charged with treason over Raila Odinga's 'swearing in'

Kenyan police on Saturday briefly detained a third opposition legislator who attended a symbolic "swearing-in" of opposition leader Raila Odinga that was a direct challenge to President Uhuru Kenyatta, who won re-election in October 2017.

Kenya police tear gassed opposition activists protesting the shutdown of four major TV stations and what they claim are other violations of constitutional guaranteed rights such as freedom of assembly.

"We are back on air", said Joe Ageyo, the managing editor of Kenya Television Network.

The NTV, KTN News and Citizen TV channels were taken off the air on Tuesday, hours before they were due to broadcast Odinga's event.

Odinga's fake inauguration last week was attended by tens of thousands of opposition supporters in the capital, Nairobi.

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Odinga says he, not Kenyatta, was the true victor of a disputed presidential election in August 2017.

The government ignored court orders to restore the remaining two stations' transmission and to release opposition activist Miguna Miguna.

An Odinga ally, Miguna has declared himself a leader of the opposition's National Resistance Movement, which the government this week declared a criminal group.

When veteran opposition challengerRaila Odinga chose to stage his on January 30, few had any idea that the mood in Nairobi would become one of toxic intolerance - intolerance of the opposition, of the media and of the rule of law. Larry Madowo, a news anchor with Nation Television, said multiple sources informed him and colleagues that undercover policemen were waiting in the parking lot outside their offices. 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.

An earlier ballot for the presidency, in August of previous year, was annulled by Kenya's Supreme Court on account of "irregularities and illegalities" by the electoral commission. The ruling, citing irregularities and illegalities, was the first time a court had overturned a presidential election in Africa.

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