Two Kenya TV stations resume broadcasting after days shut by government

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A Kenyan opposition lawyer, Miguna Miguna, has been charged with treason over the mock "swearing in" as president of opposition leader Raila Odinga.

The journalists -Linus Kaikai, Larry Madowo and Ken Mijungu- believe that police planned to arrest them and applied to the courts for anticipatory bail, was set at KSh10 0000 (US$983 or about R12 000) each.

He was not produced at the Milimani Law courts as earlier directed by Justice Luka Kimaru-who ordered the Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet to present him personally.

The judge issued the orders Tuesday afternoon after hours after a cat and mouse game between Miguna's lawyers and the state that saw the outspoken lawyer appear at the Kajiado Law Courts where he declined to take plea.

The charge sheet presented by police to a court in Kajiado County, neighbouring Nairobi, said Miguna Miguna was being charged with "being present and consenting to the administration of an oath to commit a capital offence, namely treason".

Mr Miguna Tuesday narrated how he was held incommunicado for five days without access to his family or a lawyer following his arrest last Friday.

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The government ignored court orders to restore transmission for the stations and to release opposition activist Miguna Miguna.

Miguna stood beside Odinga at Tuesday's rally and declared himself the "general" of Odinga's National Resistance Movement, which authorities have designated a "criminal group" because of its stated intent to establish a parallel government.

He was also charged with being a member of the outlawed National Resistance Movement and organising an illegal assembly at Uhuru Park where the oath was taken on January 30.

Miguna insists his case must be heard before Judge Luka Kimaru in Nairobi.

Kenyatta won a second five-year term in office during the rerun, and he was sworn in as the country's leader in a ceremony last November.

Two TV stations - NTV and KTN News - had their signals restored on Monday evening while Royal Media Services' Citizen TV and Inooro TV remained off air.

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