Published: Wed, February 07, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Kenya police arrest opposition member current at Odinga's 'swearing in'

Kenya police arrest opposition member current at Odinga's 'swearing in'

Miguna Miguna's arrest has elicited many questions and many Kenyans who lived through Kenyatta and Moi eras are saying that Dictatorship is creeping back slowly and within no time Kenyans will be back in the dark days where citizens were held or jailed without trial and the government never cared about anything about it. They all covered this new chapter in Kenya's political drama.Activists demonstrate in the streets of Nairobi on Monday against the shutdown of several TV channels over their opposition coverage.

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

Miguna was arrested on Friday and police have been detaining him at Lari Police Station since then despite orders to release him.

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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".

Odinga's symbolic inauguration last Tuesday in the heart of the capital of East Africa's wealthiest economy was intended as a direct challenge to Kenyatta.

A charge sheet seen by Capital FM News outlines three charges-among them binding Odinga to commit treason, being a member of the outlawed National Resistance Movement and organising an illegal assembly at Uhuru Park where the oath was taken.

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When veteran opposition challengerRaila Odinga chose to stage his on January 30, few had any idea that the mood in Nairobi would become one of toxic intolerance - intolerance of the opposition, of the media and of the rule of law. It was not clear what charges were pressed against the lawmaker, T.J. Kajwang, but he has been released on bail.

Witness Carlos Ouma said a county revenue collector was killed by a stray bullet after police fired into the air to disperse demonstrators in nearby Ahero, Miguna's home town.

An earlier ballot for the presidency, in August of a year ago, was annulled by Kenya's Supreme Court on account of "irregularities and illegalities" by the electoral commission.

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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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