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Kenya TV Networks Gagged Ahead Of Odinga 'Inauguration'
 
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30-Jan-2018  
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Hundreds of supporters of Kenyan opposition leader have gathered in Nairobi ahead of a ceremony where Raila Odinga planned to swear himself in as president, three months after he boycotted presidential election re-run.

Security in the Kenyan capital was tightened ahead of the self-declared "inauguration" with authorities shutting down independent TV stations.

Citizen, NTV and KTN TV stations said on Tuesday that authorities took the independent broadcasters off air over plans to cover the ceremony at Nairobi's Uhuru Park. The channels' Live YouTube streams were not affected.

On Monday, Linus Kaikai, chairman of the Kenya Editors Guild, said senior editors had been summoned by the authorities and warned not to cover the event or risk being shut down.

Odinga, 72, refused to take part in the election re-run claiming the government planned to rig the vote.

President Uhuru Kenyatta won a second and final five-year term in office and was sworn in as president in November.

The East African country's Supreme Court annulled August's presidential election result saying the electoral commission committed "irregularities and illegalities" during the vote, harming the integrity of the election.

Kenyatta, the son of the country's founding father, had also won August's vote.
 
 
 
Source: Aljazeera
 
 

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