Kenya police arrest opposition member current at Odinga's 'swearing in'

Marsha Scott
February 7, 2018

Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Nicholas Mutuku revealed to the High Court that Self-proclaimed National Resistance Movement (NRM) general Miguna Miguna was arraigned in a Kajiado court on Tuesday, February 6.

This comes days after opposition National Super Alliance organized a ceremony in Which Raila Odinga was Sworn in as the People's president of Kenya.

Kenyan authorities have lifted the ban on NTV and KTN which can now be accessible on air after a ban on four TV stations for attempting to broadcast the mock inauguration of opposition leader Raila Odinga.

Police spokesman Charles Owino did not answer his phone when called for comment on the arrest.

The arrest follows that of opposition politician Miguna Miguna, who was detained in a dawn raid on his Nairobi home on Friday and that of another opposition leader a day earlier. They remained off the air on Friday at 0730 GMT despite a court order on Thursday that overturned the government-ordered shutdown.

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Kenyan police fired teargas on Monday to disperse 100 demonstrators demanding that the government reopen three private television channels it shut down on over their coverage of the opposition.

"I will not get out of this court until he is released", he said, as people in court shouted: "We want Miguna!" "It's an abuse of power", Omtatah said, of the government's shutdown of the channels.

"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. Police said they charged Miguna in a court outside the capital, Nairobi. "The laws are clear".

Odinga claims he, not President Uhuru Kenyatta, is the real victor of a presidential election held in August but later nullified by the Supreme Court on procedural grounds.

Reports, however, say the general declined to take plea at Kajiado, saying the High Court was waiting for him.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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