Kenya arrests lawyer, keeps TV stations shut

HRF condemns the arrest of opposition lawyer Miguna Miguna by Kenya's competitive authoritarian regime.

(Reuters) – Kenya on Friday arrested an opposition lawyer and defied a court order to lift a ban on three private television stations that had covered the symbolic presidential inauguration of opposition leader Raila Odinga.

Miguna Miguna has declared himself the “general” of Odinga’s National Resistance Movement, which was declared a “criminal group” because of its stated intent to establish a parallel government after last year’s disputed election.

The lawyer was detained in a dawn raid on his Nairobi home. Miguna had stood beside Odinga at Tuesday’s symbolic “swearing in”, a blatant challenge to the authority of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Alongside its tweet about Miguna’s arrest, Odinga’s NASA coalition posted video online that showed shattered glass strewn across the front entrance of his house. Police spokesman Charles Owino did not answer his phone when called for comment.

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