Supporters cry foul after Miguna is arraigned in Kajiado court

A Kenyan lawyer present at the symbolic "swearing in" of opposition leader Raila Odinga was arrested on Friday, the opposition coalition said.

Hours before the event, the Kenyan communication authority cut signals of several television and radio channels including Citizen media, NTV and KTN who planned on covering the swearing-in. Odinga charges that President Uhuru Kenyatta is not legitimate because he won elections a year ago through fraud. The media shut down has been criticised by the United Nations and the United States.

The government was not served with the court order on Thursday afternoon because of a delay at the court registrar's office, Okiya Omtatah, an activist who filed the High Court case and won the lifting of the suspension, told Reuters.

Justice Kimaru had earlier on Monday summoned Boinnet and DCI to appear in court at 2pm to show cause why they should not be cited for contempt for failing to comply with orders issued. Only two major broadcasters - NTV and KTN - are partially back on air nearly a week after their signals were shut down by the government.

Odinga's fake inauguration last week was attended by tens of thousands of opposition supporters in the capital, Nairobi. Odinga insists he, not Kenyatta, was the true victor of a disputed presidential election last August.

Kenyatta won the August election, and won the repeat election in October as well after Odinga boycotted it, complaining it would not be fair.

Since the symbolic inauguration, Odinga and his supporters have repeatedly promised to outline their next step, only to postpone the unveiling of their plan.

The charge sheet presented by police to a court in Kajiado County, neighbouring Nairobi, said Miguna Miguna was being charged with "being present and consenting to the administration of an oath to commit a capital offence, namely treason". So far police have not arrested Odinga. Transmission was also restored to Nation Television News, said its managing director Linus Kaikai, who said the two broadcasters had been in talks with the government.

  • Rogelio Becker