Kenya: TV Channels Shutdown after Raila Odinga’s ‘Inauguration’

Kenyan Opposition Leader Raila Odinga. Photo: Odinnga's Official Facebook Page
Kenyan Opposition Leader Raila Odinga. Photo: Odinnga's Official Facebook Page

Raila Odinga, the opposition leader of Kenya, has taken an unofficial oath to be “sworn in” as the people’s president of the nation.

Mr. Odinga told his supporters after taking his oath, “Today is a historic day for the people of Kenya. The people have gathered here in the hundreds of thousands to say enough is enough with the electoral rigging.”

“Today’s step is one step towards the doing away with electoral autocracy and to establishing proper democracy in our country.”

Tens of thousands of his supporters gathered in Uhuru Park to celebrate his swearing-in ceremony as the people’s president.

Kenya has been going through a political deadlock ever since the last year’s election boycotted by NASA, the opposition coalition.

Kalonzo Musyoka, the deputy of Raila Odinga, was absent in his swearing-in ceremony. Mr. Odinga said he would swear in later.

Meanwhile, the Kenyan government has alleged that the opposition leader Odinga’s swearing-in as “the president of the people of Kenya” was tantamount to treason.

The Kenyan government has been on hardline against Odinga’s swearing-in ceremony. It shut down three television channels alleging that they planned to broadcast Raila Odinga’s swearing-in ceremony.

Top three private channels of Kenya remained off the air even days after the swearing-in ceremony of the opposition leader Odinga.

The High Court of Kenya suspended the government shutdown, but the government seems adamant to continue the status quo.

The Kenyan High Court has suspended the ban for 14 days.

The government cut off channels including KTN, Citizen TV, and NTV on Tuesday over their alleged plans to broadcast Raila Odinga’s ‘inauguration’.

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