"Their complicity would have led to thousands of deaths of innocent Kenyans."Broadcasters, fearing arrest, or confined themselves to their offices as plainclothes policemen circled their headquarters.Nerves over Odinga's symbolic protest had been frayed enough in government for a warning to be issued to local broadcasters the day before not to cover the event.Larry Madowo was one of those journalists". They all covered this new chapter in Kenya's political drama.Activists demonstrate in the streets of Nairobi on Monday against the shutdown of several TV channels over their opposition coverage.
The government ignored court orders to restore the remaining two stations' transmission and to release opposition activist Miguna Miguna.
"We are back on air", said Joe Ageyo, the managing editor of Kenya Television Network. "It's an abuse of power", Omtatah said, of the government's shutdown of the channels.
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.
Odinga's symbolic inauguration in the heart of the capital of East Africa's wealthiest economy was intended as a direct challenge to Kenyatta.
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This comes days after opposition National Super Alliance organized a ceremony in Which Raila Odinga was Sworn in as the People's president of Kenya.
Most of their statements have focused on the brief detention of three opposition politicians who took part in Odinga's ceremony, which occurred peacefully after the government withdrew police from the site. It was not clear what charges were pressed against the lawmaker, T.J. Kajwang, but he has been released on bail.
An earlier ballot for the presidency, in August of past year, was annulled by Kenya's Supreme Court on account of "irregularities and illegalities" by the electoral commission.
The Supreme Court later nullified the August election on procedural grounds and Kenyatta won a repeat poll in October after Odinga boycotted it, claiming it would not be fair.