Kenyans take opposition leader's 'mock' inauguration literally with the "Swearing-in Challenge"

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Kenyans take opposition leader's 'mock' inauguration literally with the "Swearing-in Challenge"

Kenyan authorities suspended television and radio stations yesterday as supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga watched him take a symbolic presidential oath in a Nairobi park in a direct challenge to President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The first arrest has been reported as part of a government investigation into the event's "conspirators".

"I, Raila Omolo Odinga, do swear that I will protect the nation as people's president, so help me God", Mr Odinga said to the cheers of more than 10,000 people in Uhuru Park, near Nairobi's main business district.

"The motive was clearly political", Musyoka said, describing the 1 a.m. blast as "shocking".

Consequently early in the day, the security personnel was withdrawn from the venue saying the decision was reached at to prevent any bloody showdown as a result of confrontation between NASA supporters and the police who had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. I dare say that unless we act quickly and swiftly the situation will [escalate]. No one was hurt.

Matiang'i said they had began a major investigation into what it terms as criminal elements and illegal activities within the opposition's NASA and its National Resistance Movement for the crime of attempting to overthrow and subvert the government. Property of members of organised criminal groups can be seized.

MP for Nsawam-Adoagyiri, Frank Annoh Dompreh, Frank Annoh Dompreh, who is also MP for Nsawam-Adoagyiri, says the action by Kenya's opposition is out of place and should not be tolerated in the body politics of Africa.

Uhuru Kenyatta, addresses the crowd after the announcement in the presidential race at the Centre in Bomas, Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, Aug.11, 2017.

Mr Matiangi claimed that the media's complicity in Tuesday's ceremony would have led to the deaths of thousands of Kenyans.

Mr Odinga's supporters insist that he, not Mr Kenyatta, is Kenya's legitimate leader, and that Mr Kenyatta's election was neither free nor fair. The court cited irregularities and illegalities and said it ruled against Kenyatta because the electoral commission refused to open its computer system for court scrutiny.

They had previously been warned not to cover the ceremony naming Raila Odinga as "the people's president".

Henry Maina, regional director of media rights group Article 19, called the shutdown of the TV stations a violation of constitutionally guaranteed media freedoms and the "lowest moment for media freedom in a decade".