Kenya officials shut down TV coverage of opposition leader's 'swearing in'

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While police stayed away, allowing the ceremony to go ahead, the government hit back with interior minister Fred Matiang'i designating as an "organized criminal group" the opposition's "National Resistance Movement (NRM)" wing, tasked with implementing a threatened programme of boycotts and civil disobedience.

Kenya's Supreme Court declared Kenyatta victor of the official October 25 election, which came weeks after the original August 8 vote that was annulled by Kenya's high court.

"Africa has come of age so we can not allow this to be happening to us", Annoh Dompreh added. Although heavy police deployment was withdrawn on Tuesday, police used tear gas to disperse supporters. "You can feel it in the air", opposition lawmaker Gladys Wanga told the crowd at Uhuru Park earlier in the day.

"I, Raila Omolo Odinga, do swear that I will protect the nation as people's president, so help me God", Mr. Odinga, who held a bible, said to the cheers of more than 15,000 people in Uhuru Park, next to Nairobi's main business district.

Dozens of people have been killed during protests and violence in the wake of the disputed elections, the majority shot by police.

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Kenya's editors guild released a statement on Monday night saying that Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto had summoned media managers and editors, threatening to "shut down and revoke the licences of any media house that would broadcast live" the swearing-in. Kenyatta was declared the victor of the original August 8, 2017 poll, but his victory was annulled due to electoral malpractices, and the courts ordered a re-run of the election on October 26. The Supreme court nullified the election citing election irregularities before ordering for fresh elections. It also said it ruled against Kenyatta because the commission refused to open its computer system for court scrutiny to dispel Odinga's claims. Days before the poll, security agents arrested and deported a group of election experts from the U.S., Ghana and Canada who had been hired by Odinga's team to check the integrity of the vote. The electoral commission called those results "fake".

In a short speech, lasting less than five minutes, Mr Odinga denounced "election stealing" and the country's "electoral autocracy", but he said little of his future plans.

On Jan. 26, the opposition released what it claimed were the "authentic" election results from August 8 showing Odinga actually won the vote, alleging they obtained the information from the electoral commission's servers.

Many users on Twitter, presumably non supporters, complained to Twitter that Mr Odinga was impersonating the Kenyan head of state two which they received a standard response that the claims were being investigated.

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