Kenyan opposition lawyer charged with treason over Odinga's "swearing in"

by Susie Olson February 7, 2018, 1:39
Kenyan opposition lawyer charged with treason over Odinga's

The government suspended all four stations on January 30 after they announced plans to air the symbolic "swearing in" of opposition leader Raila Odinga, which took place later the same day.

Odinga, presidential candidate for the leading opposition coalition, NASA, rejected Uhuru Kenyatta's victory in the country's presidential election, after a court ordered a rerun of the August 8 election. An opposition lawmaker who stood beside Odinga and wore judicial robe was arrested Wednesday and taken to court, where police fired tear gas at his supporters.

He was charged with "being present and consenting to the administration of an oath to commit a capital offence, namely treason", says the charge sheet quoted by Reuters.

Miguna refused to enter a plea, saying his case should be heard in a court in Nairobi, privately-owned Citizen Television reported.

Worldwide media stations from around the globe on Monday highlighted the government's defiance to keep the stations off-air, despite a court order to restore broadcast.

John Stamos Marries Pregnant Fiancée Caitlin McHugh
This is John's second marriage - he was previously Wednesday to actress Rebecca Romijn from 1998 to 2005. The two are also expecting their first child together later this year.

Miguna has been in police custody since Friday morning when he was arrested dramatically from his Runda house, which was extensively damaged.

"I will not get out of this court until he is released", he said, as people in court shouted: "We want Miguna!" He said the journalists made a decision to spend the night in the newsroom to avoid meeting the police. A government official, who asked not to be named, confirmed its authenticity.

The Supreme Court later nullified the August election on procedural grounds and Kenyatta won a repeat poll in October after Odinga boycotted it, claiming it would not be fair.

Three main private television stations in Kenya were Monday due to resume operations after being shut down by the government for seven days.

Judge Kimaru on Monday 5 February sent an order to Inspector General of police Joseph Boinnet and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to arraign Miguna in court at 2 pm.


TOP News

'Heartless' Finsbury Park terrorist Darren Osborne jailed for minimum of 43 years
A CCTV still of Darren Osborne at a pub in Wales planning his attack at Finsbury Park. He had appeared to justice in 33 occasions for 102 crimes in last 30 years.

Google Honors The 'Father Of Black History' Carter G. Woodson With Doodle
Students at Gaston Middle School on Thursday kicked off Black History Month with a presentation that was at times solemn, but also educational, energetic and musical.

International Olympic Committee could appeal against lifting of Russian lifetime bans
Three more appeals submitted by the biathlon competitors are due to be heard by the court later. A total of 43 Russians were originally banned over doping offences at the Sochi Olympics .

The Breakdown: A statistical look at round one of the Six Nations
The match will be the first time Te'o has played since October, with the New Zealand-born rugby league convert partnering Owen Farrell in midfield.

Ruckus in J&K House over fatalities in Pak firing
It may be recalled that four Army personnel including a Captain were martyred on Sunday in ceasefire violation by Pakistan. More than 14 people have been killed in Pakistani shelling on the LoC and the global border since January 17.

Safety system install had signals out during deadly SC train crash
In December, three people were killed and dozens more injured when another train derailed near DuPont, Washington. The NTSB said investigators recovered video from a forward-facing camera on the Amtrak train .

Stocks Post Biggest Drop of New Year
Express Scripts, McKesson, Humana, Cigna, UnitedHealth , CVS Health and Centene were down between 5.3 percent and 7.2 percent. Declining issues outnumbered advancing ones on the NYSE by a 4.65-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 2.16-to-1 ratio favored decliners.

US Threatens Venezuelan Oil Embargo, Would Support a Military Coup
An oil ban against Venezuela has been rumored in the past but the sanctions have only involved Venezuelan government officials. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson seeks stronger bilateral, trade ties with Peru, foreign affairs analyst Juan Velit affirmed.

Swat attack: Army Chief attends joint funeral prayer of 11 martyrs
Pakistan's prime minister condemned the attack and promised to continue fighting against the terrorist groups. Government sources said rescue teams reached the area and shifted the injured to a hospital in Saidu Sharif.

Apple iPhone X Shipments Surpassed Expectations Despite Weak Sales Reports
Apple has been reminding its fans consistently that the iPhone X is the greatest piece of smartphone technology in the world. Apple will be contacting customers via email who may have paid for a fix related to this issue to arrange for reimbursement.