Published: Thu, February 01, 2018
Science | By Cecil Little

Raila Odinga Kenya Inauguration: Tag's Opposition Resistance Movement a Criminal Group

Raila Odinga Kenya Inauguration: Tag's Opposition Resistance Movement a Criminal Group

Kenya's Communication Authority shut down NTV, Citizen TV and KTN as thousands of opposition supporters gathered in Nairobi to watch their leader, Raila Odinga, swear himself in as "people's president" as part of a campaign of defiance against the conduct and results of last year's election. The first arrest was reported as the government launched an investigation into the event's "conspirators".

But the Interior Ministry said it was a "serious breach of security".

Kenyatta was inaugurated in November, and Kenya Attorney-General Githu Muigai warned that an opposition group swearing in a president who's not officially been declared the victor is high treason - an offense that can result in death.

Odinga, whose supporters say he is Kenya's legitimate leader and Kenyatta's election was neither free nor fair, took a symbolic presidential oath at the ceremony.

Police spokesman Charles Owino confirmed that a stun grenade was hurled at Mr Musyoka's home in the leafy Karen suburbs and two shots were fired from a rifle.

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"The motive was clearly political", Musyoka said, describing the 1 a.m. blast as "shocking".

He said he felt vulnerable after his police security was withdrawn and hired a private security firm. "I want to tell you that Kalonzo, Mudavadi, and Wetangula are still with us and you will be told what happened later", Odinga said immediately after taking his oath.

Uhuru Kenyatta, addresses the crowd after the announcement in the presidential race at the Centre in Bomas, Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, Aug.11, 2017.

No-one was hurt in the incident.

Kenyatta was joined at the meeting by his deputy, William Ruto, Interior Secretary Fred Matiang'i, Information Secretary Joseph Mucheru, and the Attorney General Githu Muigai.

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The Kenyan government on Tuesday declared the main opposition National Super Alliance's resistance wing, National Resistance movement (NRM), as an illegal entity.

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

Kajwang, a two-time lawmaker for a constituency in Nairobi and a lawyer, was arrested by police officers and taken to Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) for grilling.

The inauguration event in Uhuru park was attended by thousands of supporters, and went off peacefully.

He urged Kenya's opposition leader to learn from Ghana's experience and work on electoral reforms to ensure fairness and transparency in the election processes.

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