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

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

Four of Kenya's popular TV channels were switched off last week for attempting to broadcast the "inauguration" of opposition leader Raila Odinga as the "people's president".

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.

Through Twitter, the National Assembly Majority Leader slammed Raila, wondering why he would appear in court after accusing it of inaugurating President Uhuru Kenyatta as an illegitimate president. The media shut down has been criticised by the United Nations and the United States.

The Judge was furious by the Government's actions of not following the court orders as enshrined in the constitution by not charging a suspect within 24 hours after being arrested. Only two major broadcasters - NTV and KTN - are partially back on air nearly a week after their signals were shut down by the government. A spokesman for the government was not available for comment.

The activists were trying to march to government offices in central Nairobi when police fired the gas, a Reuters witness said.

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

Odinga's symbolic inauguration last Tuesday in the heart of the capital of East Africa's wealthiest economy was intended as a direct challenge to Kenyatta. Odinga insists he, not Kenyatta, was the true victor of a disputed presidential election last August.

Odinga's event took place three months after he boycotted a presidential election rerun, claiming the government planned to rig the vote.

"On the 30th day of January 2018, at Uhuru Park in Nairobi County, jointly with others not before court were presented and consented to administering of an oath to Raila Amollo Odinga purporting to bind the said Raila Amollo Odinga to commit a capital offence of treason", the charge sheet read.

Around 100 people were killed during the protracted election season, a lot of them Odinga supporters shot by the police. Transmission was also restored to Nation Television News, said its managing director Linus Kaikai, who said the two broadcasters had been in talks with the government.

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