Kenyan opposition MP charged with treason over Raila Odinga's 'swearing in'

Supporters of NASA Presidential candidate Raila Odinga react during a rally at the Kibera social grounds

Most of their statements have focused on the brief detention of three opposition politicians who took part in Odinga's ceremony, which occurred peacefully after the government withdrew police from the site.

According to the charge sheet presented in court, Miguna was charged with being present and consenting to the administration of an oath to commit a capital offense namely treason contrary to Section 59 (a) of the penal code. Police said they charged Miguna in a court outside the capital, Nairobi.

Miguna was arrested on Friday in a dawn raid on his home.

Kenyan authorities have lifted the ban on NTV and KTN which can now be accessible on air after a ban on four TV stations for attempting to broadcast the mock inauguration of opposition leader Raila Odinga. Odinga insists he, not Kenyatta, was the true victor of a disputed presidential election last August. Initially he had ordered the Police Inspector General to appear in court accompanied by Miguna Miguna.

Justice Luke Kimaru has finally released Miguna Miguna and ordered police not to hold him incommunicado any longer.

The government was not served with the court order on Thursday afternoon because of a delay at the court registrar's office, Okiya Omtatah, an activist who filed the High Court case and won the lifting of the suspension, told Reuters.

Miguna told a magistrate there that he can not take a plea in the court because "Justice Luka Kimaru is waiting for me at the Milimani Law courts in Nairobi". Police used tear gas and fired warning shots to disperse them. He said the journalists made a decision to spend the night in the newsroom to avoid meeting the police.

The government suspended the passports of 14 opposition leaders including strategist David Ndii and financier Maina Wanjigi.

Odinga's event took place three months after he boycotted a presidential election rerun, claiming the government planned to rig the vote.

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said government's refusal to abide by court orders was contempt for the rule of law and a brazen example of censorship.

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