Government ordered to suspend media shutdown


In a press statement dated January 1, the United States termed Raila's inauguration as unconstitutional since President Uhuru Kenyatta's election in October past year was upheld by the Supreme Court of Kenya.

"My thinking is that they have no problem with Aladwa and Miguna (Miguna) - another opposition politician who was arrested on Friday - they only are testing the waters to see if they can arrest "Baba" (Raila Odinga)".

But in a statement copied to, TAEF said because the rally was of major public interest to all Kenyans and that journalism is the first draft of history, the presence of journalists at the event was neither an indication of support or lack thereof of an event, but a constitutional duty to record for the public, events of major public interest and importance.

The government has outlawed the opposition's National Resistance Movement, with Matiangi declaring it an organized criminal group.

Kenyan police on Friday arrested an opposition lawyer as the government defied a court order to lift a ban on three private television stations that had covered the symbolic presidential inauguration of opposition leader Raila Odinga.

Police spokesman Charles Owino confirmed that a stun grenade was hurled at Musyoka's home in the leafy Karen suburbs and two shots were fired from a rifle.

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Top Kenyan television stations that were shut down by the government for airing Odinga's swearing-in remained off the air on Friday despite a Kenyan court order on Thursday suspending the shutdown of the three top Kenyan TV stations.

The media crackdown, criticized by the United Nations, the United States and former colonial power Britain, could set up a showdown between the judiciary and the executive next week. "If the government does not comply with a court order that is so clear, it will raise questions as to the wider rule of law".

Omtatah later told Reuters that the courier he had sent to deliver the papers to Kenya's communications authority had been detained by men in dark suits who said they were police but refused to provide identification. "I am a very reasonable Kenyan", Odinga said.

The court ordered a re-run. Trump's administration further asked the Kenyan Government to respect freedom of expression that is enshrined in the Constitution.

Elisha Otieno, a 50-year-old businessman in downtown Nairobi, said the stations should be allowed to reopen: "The government is not upholding its own laws".

Mahamat urged all concerned parties to desist from any such actions, which also put the political stability of Kenya at risk, and urged all stakeholders to act in strict compliance with the Constitution of Kenya and other relevant texts. A city MP, Timothy Kajwang, who also flanked Mr Odinga, was arrested on Wednesday and later released.