Kenyan gov't arrests MP who led Odinga's 'swearing

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Odinga, 73, held a swearing-in ceremony in Nairobi on Tuesday with the event attended by thousands of supporters in another challenge to President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election previous year following two votes that the opposition claims were rigged.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i in an address to journalists maintained that the government had commenced a probe into the now controversial ceremony.

He said after his police security was withdrawn he felt vulnerable and hired a private security firm.

A political crisis erupted in Kenya past year after the Supreme Court threw out the results of an August election - won by President Uhuru Kenyatta - due to irregularities.

The Kenyan government has declared the opposition coalition's National Super Alliance (NASA)'s wing, the National Resistance Movement (NRM), as an organised criminal group. "It is a group of individuals who are based on mayhem and anarchy", the interior minister said Wednesday.

"The government took a decision to shut down the concerned media houses, until further notice, as it launches a full investigation", he told a news conference.

Kajwang, who represents a constituency in Nairobi and is a lawyer by profession, turned up at the opposition gathering in a white wig and a black robe, mimicking the official robes the chief justice wears when inaugurating a president.

"The complicity would have led to the deaths of innocent Kenyans due to the buildup of the incitement that was witnesses in early hours of the morning of 30 January 2018".

On Tuesday, the government cut live transmission of the country's top three TV channels as a huge crowd of tens of thousands gathered in a Nairobi park for the mock inauguration. The ruling, citing irregularities and illegalities, was the first time a court had overturned a presidential election in Africa.

The opposition successfully challenged the August election in court, claiming vote-rigging, but boycotted a fresh election in October, claiming a lack of electoral reforms.

Mr Odinga's supporters insist that he, not Mr Kenyatta, is Kenya's legitimate leader, and that Mr Kenyatta's election was neither free nor fair.

A Kenyan member of parliament, TJ Kajwang, who presided over the symbolic inauguration of Raila Odinga has been arrested.

Rights advocates accuse Kenyatta's administration of violating constitutionally guaranteed freedoms including those of assembly and expression.

The stations went ahead with their live television broadcasts and were subsequently switched off, although coverage continued online.

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