Kenyan TV stations switched off over Odinga swear in

Jo Lloyd
February 1, 2018

Meanwhile, as tensions escalate with fears of more bloody clashes between protesters and Kenyan security forces - similar to those that claimed numerous lives during last year's election debacle - Nasa leaders have begun trooping into Uhuru Park ahead of the planned "swearing-in" of principals Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka.

Police made a move to cordon off Uhuru Park in central Nairobi where the swearing-in was set to take place, but soon backed off, according to local reports.

Hamza Mohamed tweeted "BREAKING: #Kenya has shut down Citizen and KTN TV stations in parts of the country over plans to cover an opposition ceremony in Nairobi where opposition leader Raila Odinga plans to swear himself in as president". "So help me God".

Flanked by Ruaraka MP TJ Kajwang who wore a judge's wig, Siaya Senator James Orengo and political maverick Miguna Miguna, Raila was handed a Bible by the latter and a printed piece of paper to read from.

"On January 30, I will be sworn in and this time it's a real deal and anyone saying it's treason, let him come and arrest us", Odinga told his supporters in response. "Today is a historic day in the history of Kenya", he said.

Catholic and Anglican leaders are urging dialogue to prevent the outbreak of the sort of violence which left over 1,300 people dead, and displaced hundreds of thousands of others, after the 2007 election.

"We have arrived in Canaan; thank you for staying the course with us".

Hon Raila Amolo Odinga and H.E. Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka as President and Deputy President of the people respectively is on as has been announced earlier. I have seen this happen in Nigeria before, when Chief Abiola declared himself president. Odinga boycotted another election held in October, alleging the process was rigged against him. Odinga did not run in the second election, claiming voting irregularities, but has since spurred large swells of support.

"My appeal to Odinga is allow Kenya, a relatively stable economy in East Africa to continue the steady economic gains it is making".

"This action of Odinga should not be dismissed with a wave of hand".

The "inauguration" was meant as a protest against President Uhuru Kenyatta's new term after months of deadly election turmoil. There is danger looming, if the situation is not carefully handled,"Dr Kari said".

As people assembled, authorities forced independent television and radio stations reporting on the gathering off air, several outlets said - the most widespread censorship for a decade.

On Friday, Kenya's opposition released what it called "authentic" election results showing Odinga won the August vote, but it refused to say how it obtained the information from the electoral commission's computer servers.

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