Tension rising in Kenya over Odinga

Tension rising in Kenya over Odinga

Tension rising in Kenya over Odinga

Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga was on Tuesday took the oath of office as the "People's President of the Republic of Kenya."Odinga, in the controversial ceremony, with a green bible in hand, recited his "oath of office" before thousands of his supporters at the historic grounds at Uhuru Park in Nairobi".

By 10:20 a.m. (0720 GMT), a number of independently owned media outlets including Citizen radio and television, NTV and KTN said that authorities had forced them off air.

"Media houses will remain closed until we complete investigations".

"The UN is watching developments in Kenya closely and it was "critical for the media to be able to operate freely and to report freely", spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters in NY".

According to the security officers, the decision was reached at to prevent any bloody showdown as a result of confrontation between NASA supporters and the police who had already started to arrive.

The current pleas by Church leaders are a repeat of similar calls they made in the buildup to the August election, and then the October re-run.

"We intend to hold a peaceful event, in total compliance with the constitution and the law", read a statement from the National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition.

Meanwhile Kenyan authorities shut down private radio and television stations this morning after warning that those who broadcast the ceremony would have their licences revoked.

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A Communications Authority spokeswoman said its senior managers were in a meeting and would comment later. Kalonzo said they did not attend after their bodyguards were withdrawn. "Our business is advertising-based so we are making huge losses", he said, declining to give a figure.

Hundreds of NASA supporters are gathered at the Uhuru Park in Nairobi to participate in the repeat swearing-in which failed to come on in December a year ago.

He added that Kenyans owe the TV stations a debt and gratitude for having the courage to defy illegal State orders in airing the swearing-in. "We are trying to resolve through dialogue, but if it doesn't work we will go to the courts", he said.

"This sets a very worrying tone for the country and really reveals to us that the state's supposed commitment to constitutional order is very brittle if there at all".

"There has been no meeting by the Kenya Editors' Guild Executive Committee to agree on, and issue the statement alleged to have been sent out by Kaikai", Maina said.

But the Interior Ministry said it was a "serious breach of security".

The government responded by declaring the "National Resistance Movement" - a loose grouping led by Odinga and other opposition lawmakers - a criminal group, paving the way for potential arrests.

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