Published: Wed, February 07, 2018
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Kenyan opposition figure charged with treason over Odinga's 'swearing in'

Kenyan opposition figure charged with treason over Odinga's 'swearing in'

Police have lobbed teargas to disperse unruly NASA supporters who had gone to the Milimani Law Courts Tuesday morning for the case against self proclaimed general of the outlawed National Resistance Movement Miguna Miguna.

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.

Earlier in the day, protesters took to the streets in Kenya's capital Nairobi to condemn the media shutdown, it said. Mr Odinga was asked for his reaction to Mr Miguna's arrest.

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

In the past few days, the government has also briefly detained three opposition politicians, who took part in Odinga's ceremony. They remained off the air on Friday at 0730 GMT despite a court order on Thursday that overturned the government-ordered shutdown.

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

"We are back on air", said Joe Ageyo, the managing editor of Kenya Television Network. "If not they'll (the government) be in contempt of court".

"I Raila Amolo Odinga, in full realisation of the high calling, assume the office of the People's President of the Republic of Kenya", he said in the brief ceremony that has been described as treasonous by the government as it violates the constitution.

In a statement, the commission's chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat says the African Union rejects all actions that undermine constitutional order and the rule of law, urging all concerned to desist from any such actions, which also put the political stability of Kenya at risk.

Demonstrators took to the streets in the west, the heartland of support for Odinga, who maintains he was the victor of an election that returned President Uhuru Kenyatta to power past year.

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