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

Aaron Brown
February 7, 2018

Odinga says last year's elections, won by President Uhuru Kenyatta, were rigged.

Kenyan police on Saturday briefly detained a third opposition legislator who attended a symbolic "swearing-in" of opposition leader Raila Odinga that was a direct challenge to President Uhuru Kenyatta, who won re-election in October 2017.

Two opposition lawmakers present at the "swearing in" a week ago were arrested and later released.

Around 100 people were killed during the protracted election season, a lot of them Odinga supporters shot by the police.

According to the charge sheet presented in court, Miguna was charged with being present and consenting to the administration of an oath to commit a capital offense namely treason contrary to Section 59 (a) of the penal code. "Their complicity would have led to thousands of deaths of innocent Kenyans."Broadcasters, fearing arrest, or confined themselves to their offices as plainclothes policemen circled their headquarters.Nerves over Odinga's symbolic protest had been frayed enough in government for a warning to be issued to local broadcasters the day before not to cover the event.Larry Madowo was one of those journalists". He was granted bail of 50,000 Kenyan shillings ($500) but has remained in police custody with his whereabouts unknown until he appeared in court in Kajiado County, neighbouring Nairobi, on Tuesday to hear the charges.

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Justice Luke Kimaru has finally released Miguna Miguna and ordered police not to hold him incommunicado any longer.

The Milimani Law courts was packed with the attendance of the Nasa leader Raila Odinga and several lawyers representing Miguna led by senior Counsel John Khaminwa. His supporters in the opposition stronghold of Kisumu city in western Kenya clashed with police, who fired tear gas at them.

Kenyan police fired teargas on Monday to disperse 100 demonstrators demanding that the government reopen three private television channels it shut down on over their coverage of the opposition.

High Court judge Luka Kimaru on Monday, February 5 asked that the IG and DCI avail Miguna in court before 2 pm but they didn't.

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