Tension is rising across Kenya and other countries in East Africa as defeated presidential candidate Raila Odinga prepares his “inauguration”.
Authorities had warned that the move to swear-in Odinga is a treason that is punishable by death
Odinga’s security details have withdrawn and his passports and that of his running mate Mr. Kalonzo Musyoka revoked.
They are not allowed to leave the country.
Reports on social media, especially that of TV Uganda, say that four Kenyan Television stations have been shut down for airing Raila Odinga’s intending swearing-in ceremony
A tweet by D I K E M B E said that the swearing in of Raila Odinga was no longer about Raila Odinga.
“It is about sending a message to the world that for Kenya, it is either #DemocracyOrChaos’’
NTV Kenya has been shut down by the Communications authority while airing proceedings at Uhuru Park where the opposition Nasa swearing in is.
The three other stations were also switched off are Citizen TV, Inooro TV and KTN.
In a statement by the chairman of the Kenya Editors Guild, Mr. Linus Kaikai, on Monday,, the editors took issue with the summoning of media managers from the main media houses to State House, Nairobi last week where alleged threats of shutting down media houses if they cover the NASA event were issued.
But it appears the state has followed through with its threats.
The security apparatus of Kalonzo Musyoka the vice president of NASA leader Raila Odinga has been withdrawn. This follows their swearing in plans slated for today at Uhuru Park in Kenya
Hamza Mohamed tweeted “BREAKING: #Kenya has shut down Citizen and KTN TV stations in parts of the country over plans to cover an opposition ceremony in Nairobi where opposition leader Raila Odinga plans to swear himself in as president’’.
The Star, Kenya also tweeted that police teargas @RailaOdinga supporters for blocking Kenyatta Avenue
Reuters also confirmed that Kenyan police fired teargas on Tuesday to disperse thousands of opposition supporters gathering in central Nairobi to celebrate the planned swearing-in of opposition leader Raila Odinga.
Odinga lost an Aug. 8 presidential election that was nullified by the Supreme Court, and boycotted a repeat poll on Oct. 25, saying it would not be free and fair.