Kenya defies court docket order to revive TV transmissions

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"We are also deeply concerned by the Government's action to shut down, intimidate, and restrict the media".

Murithi Mutiga, the International Crisis Group's Kenya researcher, says the spat between the Kenyatta administration and the media will go on. He also told his supporters to burn pictures of Kenya's president, Kenyatta.

Two opposition figures, who took prominent roles in the "swearing-in" ceremony have also been arrested. Treason is punishable by death under Kenyan law.The incidents arethe latest public spat between the opposition and the government following the nation's two presidential elections held a year ago.

It said Kenyatta was validly elected in accordance with the country's constitution. "The Kenyan people now have the opportunity to take the country forward and work together on their historical path towards democracy and development", she said.

Both are expected to be charged with treason and unlawful assembly.

Mr Miguna stamped the "oath" in his capacity as a lawyer and commissioner for oaths.

However, three of Mr Odinga's closest allies and co-principals, Mr Kalonzo Musyoka, Mr Musalia Mudavadi and Senator Moses Wetang'ula, boycotted the ceremony.

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The television and radio networks had meant to carryout live coverage of the widely condemned political event, but the Kenyan authorities moved in to scuttle the plan citing security implications.

On Wednesday, the Kenyan government had said the TV stations would stay off air indefinitely. Following the shutdown, three NTV journalists, fearful of arrest by Larry Madowo, Linus Kaikai and Ken Mijungu said they remained holed-up in the newsroom after their police sources tipped them that officers planned to arrest all three."We have not broken any laws ... we were just doing our jobs and I have no apologies about that", Madowo told CNN by phone from Nairobi.

On Thursday Justice Chacha Mwita directed Interior CS Fred Matiang'i, his ICT counterpart, Joe Mucheru, and the Communication Authority of Kenya (CA) to immediately restore the signals for the media outlets until a case filed by activist Okiya Omtatah is heard and determined.

The court ordered a re-run.

Others affected by the crack down are Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho, Mr Odinga and Mr Musyoka, whose security has been withdrawn.

Today, Kenya stands at a crossroads, with an opposition that has been accused of having breached the law when its leader took an unconstitutional oath, and a government striking back with a heavy hand. "We are becoming another African country".

In a statement, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said grievances must be resolved through legal mechanisms and added: "We commend the restraint shown by security forces and urge them to continue to refrain from any unnecessary or excessive use of force".

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