Kenyatta orders TV, radio stations closure over Odinga’s protection



President Uhuru Kenyatta
President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta

(Reuters/NAN) Two media organisations have come below the hammer of the Kenyan authorities over plans to cowl a gathering in Nairobi the place opposition chief Raila Odinga plans to swear himself in as president.

Independently-owned Citizen Television and Radio stations stated on Tuesday morning that authorities in Kenya compelled them off the air to frustrate their plans of overlaying the occasion.

“The Communications Authority of Kenya has switched off Citizen Television and Radio in most parts of the country over the coverage of the National Super Alliance (NASA) ‘swearing-in’ plan,” the Citizen web site stated.

Earlier, a number of hundred supporters of Kenyan opposition chief Raila Odinga gathered at a park in downtown Nairobi, decided to “swear in as president” their chief who boycotted a re-run election in 2017.

President Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn in for a second time period in November after profitable the repeat presidential election in October that Odinga boycotted as a consequence of doubts it will be free and honest.

Kenyatta had additionally been declared winner of the August election, however the Supreme Court later nullified that end result, over irregularities.

Odinga stated the October election was “fake” and earlier stated a “people’s assembly” would swear him in on Dec. 12.

That didn’t occur, and a brand new occasion was deliberate for Tuesday.

By 0600 GMT, about 400 folks had been gathered in Uhuru Park, close to Nairobi’s major enterprise district.

Though the police had stated they might prohibit any unlawful assemblies on Tuesday, there have been no uniformed police within the park and no anti-riot officers or autos.

Local radio station Capital FM reported that supporters had been granted permission by Kenyan authorities to make use of the park.

Police and authorities spokesman weren’t instantly reachable for touch upon that report.

Opposition supporters declare Odinga received the August vote.

“The swearing in that may occur at present is reputable primarily based on the Aug. eight, 2017 election.

“Odinga is the one we recognise as the president and that is why we are swearing him in,” stated hairdresser

Benta Akinyi, 32, standing close to different opposition supporters blowing horns and whistles.