Three television stations were on Tuesday morning switched off by Kenya’s government, after airing Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga’s event live.
The three stations, NTV, KTN and Citizen TV went off air as they were broadcasting the event at Uhuru Park where Supporters of the National Super Alliance (Nasa) gathered at the venue awaiting the swearing in Raila Odinga as the ‘people’s president’.
Kenya’s local daily- Daily Nation- had earlier reported that the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) engineers had been told to be on standby on Tuesday at the country’s main transmission station in Limuru, in central Kenya, should any local TV station broadcast live the event at Uhuru Park.
Some Kenyans can however still access the stations through the internet and still stream live the event as it unfolds.
Nasa Supporters are still streaming into Uhuru Park to witness the swearing in.
Police officers had been seen lurking around the venue ahead of the swearing in.
Kenya Editors’ Guild chairman Linus Kaikai, said that Friday last week, a section of media managers and select editors from the main media houses were quietly summoned to a meeting at the State House, Nairobi.
“The brief meeting attended by President Uhuru Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto, Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, ICT Secretary Joe Mucheru and AG Githu Muigai did not bode well for the freedom of expression and press in the country,” read the statement in part.