TV stations will remain off-air until investigations end – Matiang’i
Interior cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’i has insisted that television stations will shut until the government has completed investigations into the “swearing-in” of Opposition leader Raila Odinga.
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CS Matiang’i made this announcement during a press conference on Wednesday just after NASA principal too the ‘oath’.
Yesterday, the broadcasting signals of NTV, KTN and Citizen were switched off.
Aggressive Kenyans however watched the live coverage on social media and international TV channels.
Citizen TV was the first to be switched off at around 10am followed by NTV and later , KTN.
Matiang’i termed NASA’s Tuesday celebration illegal and said it is a deliberate effort to overthrow the government.
On the eve of the NASA big day, media owners and prospective were given a briefing that barred them fro covering the event. However, some media houses looked down upon the warning and went ahead to broadcast, which led to the closure of a number .
According to the CS, investigations have already started and once all is finished the closed stations ill go on air. Matiang’i added that National Resistance Movement is organized by illegal groups according to the constitution.
Yesterday, the opposition leader Raila Odinga was sworn-in as the people’s president after December, 12, 2017 postponement. Rail took the ‘oath of office’ which brings possible treason charges to the fore, including death punishment which he said its the price he is willing to pay.
Raila was to be sworn-in alongside Kalonzo Musyoka, but the Wiper leader missed the late afternoon ceremony. He said Kalonzo will take the oath later.
“Kalonzo is not here because of the events that took place but he is still with us. He will be sworn in later”, said Raila.
Sources close to the Wiper chief said he was at Serena hotel but did not reveal what his business there was. The two other NASA co-principals – ANC’s Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetang’ula of Ford Kenya also missed the ceremony.
Thousands of supporters who went to the venue from as early as 6am cheered, danced and blew whistles during the proceedings.
Opposition leader thanked the people of Kenya for turning up in big numbers adding that that was the first step in doing away with election autocracy in our country