Kenya crackdown on media, opposition attracts heavy criticism
Wednesday February 7 2018
Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga, escorted by businessman Jimi Wanjigi, gestures during a "swearing-in" ceremony as the "people's president" in Nairobi, Kenya on January 30, 2018. PHOTO | REUTERS
Since any move against Mr Odinga would likely spark widespread street protests, the government focused on those around him. First, they shuttered three television stations --NTV, Citizen and KTN News -- planning to stream Mr Odinga’s event live. The government justified the shutdown on security grounds.
Three opposition figures have also been detained. Two were released on bail the same day. But firebrand lawyer Miguna Miguna was held incommunicado and charged with treason before being quietly deported to Canada on Tuesday night, despite an order to produce him in court on Wednesday.
So far, Mr Kenyatta has not commented on Mr Odinga’s inauguration as “people’s president”.