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United States backs Kenyatta as Kenya's president, rejects Odinga

United States backs Kenyatta as Kenya's president, rejects Odinga”

Protesters have a right to assemble peacefully, to express their views freely, and to hold opinions without interference.

Last October, Odinga formed the NRM from his National Super Alliance (NASA) political movement to pressure the government to demand that President Uhuru Kenyatta step aside and to call for a new free, fair and credible election.

Kenya's High Court has suspended the shutdown of three independent television stations, which were blocked earlier this week after they had planned to broadcast a contentious, symbolic "swearing in" ceremony for opposition leader Raila Odinga.

Kenya's Supreme Court invalidated Kenyatta's August victory when Odinga said the vote counts had been changed in Kenyatta's favor after the electoral commission's computer system was hacked.

Hundreds of youths across the Kenyan capital Nairobi on Friday clashed with police as they demanded the release of Miguna Miguna, a former Kenyan presidential candidate who was arrested for taking part in the unofficial swearing-in of opposition leader Raila Odinga as president.

The interior minister condemned the move as an effort to "overthrow" the government of President Uhuru Kenyatta, who won re-election previous year in a re-run vote boycotted by Odinga.

An opposition lawmaker who stood beside Odinga and wore judicial dress was arrested Wednesday and charged with unlawful assembly and giving consent to Odinga administering an illegal oath. Matiangi claimed that the media's complicity in the mock inauguration would have led to the deaths of thousands of Kenyans.

The country's High Court ordered a 14-day suspension of the government's shutdown on Thursday while a legal challenge could be heard.

The stations remained off the air Thursday evening, however, hours after the order.

Kenya's freedoms are "under serious attack right now", Odinga told reporters, calling the country's ruling party "certainly mad".

"How else do you explain what has happened to the media - that a minister can wake up and say the media disobeyed the order and now they are being punished?" he posed while addressing the press on Thursday. He said the journalists chose to spend the night in the newsroom for security reasons.



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