Kenyan opposition lawyer charged with treason over Odinga's "swearing in"


A Kenyan lawyer present at the symbolic "swearing in" of opposition leader Raila Odinga was arrested on Friday, the opposition coalition said.

"As soon as we serve the order this morning I expect the stations to be back on", he said.

"The government allowed the event to take place", Linus Kaikai, managing editor of Kenya's Nation Media Group, told Al Jazeera last week.

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 previous year.

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He had stood beside Odinga on Tuesday at the symbolic presidential inauguration, which the government has called an "illegal act" that put the lives of thousands of Kenyans at risk. Citizen TV, which was also shut down last week, remained off-air.

Nairobi's streets are also once again filling up with the choking whiff of teargas, as rights activists protest Kenyatta's overreaction to a ceremony that ought to have been simply ignored.Instead, the world is talking about a regression of rights and press freedoms in Kenya.

An Odinga ally, Miguna has declared himself a leader of the opposition's National Resistance Movement, which the government this week declared a criminal group.

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. He said the journalists chose to spend the night in the newsroom to avoid meeting the police. The ruling, citing irregularities and illegalities, was the first time a court had overturned a presidential election in Africa. The opposition claims the original vote was rigged and that electoral reforms were not made after the Supreme Court nullified the election and ordered a fresh one.