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Kenya switches off TV stations amid opposition swearing-in fete

Kenya switches off TV stations amid opposition swearing-in fete

The Kenyan government has shut down three TVchannels that were covering live the parallel swearing-in ceremony of opposition leader Raila Odinga.

Several hundred supporters of opposition leader Odinga gathered on Tuesday morning at a park in downtown Nairobi, determined to "swear in as president" their leader, who boycotted an election rerun past year.

The party said the swearing-in is based on the annulled results of the August 8 presidential election, which they believe they won, but claim it was rigged to favour President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Kenya's attorney general in December said Odinga declaring himself president would be considered an act of high treason, an offense punishable by death.

"The people have gathered in hundreds of thousands to say enough is enough with election rigging", he said.

"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.

Kalonzo added that the world was expecting the Uhuru Park event and he was headed to a meeting to consult on how to manoeuvre the shutdown by alleged Communication Authority (CA) officials at the Limuru transmission station.

Odinga said the vice president would be sworn in at a later date.

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The security apparatus of Kalonzo Musyoka the vice president of NASA leader Raila Odinga has been withdrawn.

Although there is no legal backing for Odinga's "inauguration", many supporters like Peter Musyoka are optimistic.

While threats have been made in the past, the government switching off media broadcasting signals is unusual, the BBC reported. "Today is a historic day in the history of Kenya", he said.

Meanwhile Kenyan authorities shut down private radio and television stations this morning after warning that those who broadcast the ceremony would have their licences revoked.

He won an election re-run in October, but Mr. Odinga boycotted it.

Six-month-old Samantha Pendo suffered fatal injuries after riot police confronted a pro-opposition rally.

Oginga Odinga Street and Jomo Kenyatta Highway became the centre of attraction as a huge crowd thronged the area, dancing and singing praise songs following the oath ceremony.

Kenya's government has outlawed the opposition's National Resistance Movement following its "swearing-in" of leader Raila Odinga in protest of President Uhuru Kenyatta's new term.

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