Kenya police arrest opposition member current at Odinga's 'swearing in'

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.

"On the 30th day of January 2018, at Uhuru Park in Nairobi County, jointly with others not before court, were present and consented to the administration of an oath to Raila Amollo Odinga purporting to bind the said Raila Amollo Odinga to commit a capital offense of treason".

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

A Kenyan opposition politician was charged with treason on Tuesday over the symbolic presidential "swearing in" of opposition leader Raila Odinga, reigniting street protests in which one person was killed.

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

Demonstrators took to the streets in the west, the heartland of support for Odinga, who maintains he was the victor of an election that returned President Uhuru Kenyatta to power past year.

The government has ignored a court order issued on Thursday that the stations be allowed to reopen.

Odinga's supporters protested against the charges, blocking roads and clashing with police in the western city of Kisumu, a Reuters witness said. He said the journalists chose to spend the night in the newsroom to avoid meeting the police.

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High Court Judge Luka Kimaru stated that police, in detaining Miguna, were operating outside the constitution and the law.

The government suspended the passports of 14 opposition leaders including strategist David Ndii and financier Maina Wanjigi. The court ordered a fresh election in October that Kenyatta won after Odinga boycotted, claiming a lack of electoral reforms.

Two Kenyan television stations have resumed broadcasting after being taken off air for plans to show a rally held by the country's opposition leader.

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said government's refusal to abide by court orders was contempt for the rule of law and a brazen example of censorship.

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