Kenya shuts TV stations over Raila Odinga's "swearing in" coverage


Former Kenyan Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka said Wednesday that gunshots and a grenade were fired at his home in what he called "an assassination attempt", as a government shutdown of the top three TV stations continued the day after the mock inauguration of opposition leader Raila Odinga.

"The consequences of Odinga's inauguration which government had warned against continue, even as major television stations remain switched off "until a full-scale investigation into a serious breach of security" is concluded", according to the country's interior minister Fred Matiang'i.

The Act provides for a fine of Sh500,000 or a jail term of 10 years or both for such individuals.

The interior Cabinet secretary was also categorical that the government will not allow criminal groups to thrive under the banner of political parties but was quick to clarify that the government will not in any way gag legal political parties from conducting their businesses freely.

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We gathered that Odinga allegedly took a symbolic unofficial oath before his fans with the Holy Bible, saying: "I, Raila Omolo Odinga, do swear that I will protect the nation as People's President, so help me God".

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Security forces made no move to stop the ceremony, which authorities had said would be illegal, but the government later declared the opposition "National Resistance Movement" a criminal group, paving the way for potential arrests.

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Kenya's Supreme Court nullified the August election after Odinga claimed that hackers infiltrated the electoral commission's computer system and changed results in favor of Kenyatta.

Almost 100 people were killed over the prolonged election period, mostly in clashes between Odinga supporters and the police.

During a speech lasting less than five minutes, Odinga declined to give details of his plans and said they would be disclosed in "due course".

Odinga who was the presidential candidate for the opposition NASA coalition was sworn in on Tuesday, after hours of tension.

As the Kenyan capital Nairobi braces itself for the controversial counter "swearing-in" of opposition leader Raila Odinga set to go ahead despite warnings from the East African country's attorney general that this could amount to treason.