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

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

Following the January 30 "inauguration" of NASA coalition leader Raila Odinga as an alternative president of Kenya, the Interior Ministry declared that the coalition's National Resistance Movement (NRM) is an "organized criminal group" under the Prevention of Organized Crimes Act.

"It was clear that the two did not obey the court and as public officers, they should obey court orders".

He was released on a $500 bail but has remained in police custody with his whereabouts unknown.

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".

Miguna was detained in a dawn raid on his Nairobi home on Friday after that of another opposition leader a day earlier.

This came in the backdrop of Miguna's decline on taking a plea at the Kajiado Court where he had been arraigned earlier.

This not likely to happen as the Nasa activist has now been ejected out of Kenya.

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The judge said he would not leave the premises until Mr Miguna was brought before him.

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.

A Kenyan opposition politician was charged on Tuesday with treason for his involvement in a symbolic presidential "swearing in" of opposition leader Raila Odinga that was a challenge to President Uhuru Kenyatta. High Court judge Luka Kimaru had ordered that the IG and DCI present the besieged lawyer in court at 9 am today.

A charge sheet seen by Capital FM News outlines three charges-among them binding Odinga to commit treason, being a member of the outlawed National Resistance Movement and organising an illegal assembly at Uhuru Park where the oath was taken.

Hours before the event, the Kenyan communication authority cut signals of several television and radio channels including Citizen media, NTV and KTN who planned on covering the swearing-in.

Demonstrators took to the streets in the west, the heartland of support for Odinga, who maintains he was the victor of an election that returned President Uhuru Kenyatta to power a year ago.

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