Kenyan opposition politician charged over mock inauguration

National Resistance Movement General Miguna Miguna

National Resistance Movement General Miguna Miguna

Miguba Miguna, a Kenyan opposition leader who was arrested last Friday for his presence at the "swearing-in" ceremony of opposition leader Raila Odinga has been charged with treason.

Daily Nation news paper reports that earlier, police fired tear gas to disperse protesters in the capital, Nairobi, demanding that the government obey a court order to allow the stations to resume broadcasting until a final ruling is made.

"We are back on air", said Joe Ageyo, the managing editor of Kenya Television Network.

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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".

Isaac Okero, president of the Law Society of Kenya, told reporters: "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".

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.

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Odinga's fake inauguration last week was attended by tens of thousands of opposition supporters in the capital, Nairobi.

Two other opposition lawmakers were also arrested and later released for their involvement in the ceremony. Larry Madowo, a news anchor with Nation Television, said multiple sources informed him and colleagues that undercover policemen were waiting in the parking lot outside their offices. "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 original election in August was annulled by the Supreme Court, which described it as "neither transparent nor verifiable".

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

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