Kenyan police arrest lawyer who attended mock inauguration

Opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga takes an oath as president during a mock 'swearing-in' ceremony on January 30, 2018 at Uhuru Park in Nairobi, Kenya. [Photo- File]

 

Opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga takes an oath as president during a mock ‘swearing-in’ ceremony on January 30, 2018 at Uhuru Park in Nairobi, Kenya. [Photo- File]
A Kenyan rights activist says police are preventing him from serving the court order for the government to restore the transmissions of three leading TV stations after they tried to broadcast opposition leader Raila Odinga swearing himself in as “the people’s president.”

Activist Okiya Omtata says police are preventing him from serving the order to Kenya’s communications authority. Police were not immediately available to comment.

Also Friday, police arrested a second lawyer who stood beside Odinga in Tuesday’s ceremony that was meant to protest what the opposition considers rigged elections last year. Miguna Miguna has been taken from his home.

The US government says it is “gravely concerned” by Tuesday’s ceremony. The State Department statement also urges Kenyan authorities to act on the court order and restore the TV broadcasts.