Published: Wed, February 07, 2018
Entertaiment | By Kelly Sanders

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

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

As the Court ordered a fresh election for October, President Uhuru Kenyatta, bitterly disappointed by the judges' decision, declared with grace, "I don't agree with the decision, but I respect it".

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

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 have been barred from arresting 12 National Super Alliance officials over their role in the swearing-in of Raila Odinga last week.

Earlier, the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) told the court in Nairobi that Miguna Miguna was Tuesday morning charged before a Kajiado Court.

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

Miguna was arraigned in Kajiado despite Judge Kimaru ordering on Monday that he be presented at the Milimani Law Courts Tuesday morning.

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"It appears orders have come to the local police to defy the High Court release order, adding that that Miguna was moved from Githunguri police station to an unknown destination but within Kiambu County".

Odinga's supporters protested against the charges, blocking roads and clashing with police in the western city of Kisumu, a Reuters witness said. "The government was and is aware of the role of some elements in the media fraternity who participated in furtherance of this illegal act", Interior Minister Fred Matiang'i said at the time.

The government suspended the passports of 14 opposition leaders including strategist David Ndii and financier Maina Wanjigi.

The opposition claims the original vote was rigged and that electoral reforms were not made after the Supreme Court nullified the election and ordered a fresh one.

Television screens show a "No Signal" message on three major Kenyan TV channels after the government pulled them off air last Tuesday.

According to Justice Kimaru, IG Joseph Boinett and DCI boss George Kinoti had committed an offence in contempt of court after disobeying an order to produce the controversial lawyer in court on Monday afternoon as earlier ordered.

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