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Kenya media that aired Odinga inauguration will be off air indefinitely.

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Three Kenyan television stations will remain off air indefinitely as the government investigates their respective roles in the symbolic “swearing in” of opposition leader Raila Odinga.

According to a statement from the interior minister on Wednesday, privately-owned Citizen TV and Radio, KTN and NTV had their signals switched off on Tuesday after defying a government order and going ahead with a live coverage of an event that was banned.

NTV Kenya reported via their Twitter handle that plain clothes officers were outside their premises ostensibly waiting to effect the arrest of top officials.

As a result of what happened yesterday we have commenced a wide scale investigation targeting individuals and organisations who include but may not be limited to certain media houses. We will act decisively but strictly according to the law,” Fred Matiang’i, Cabinet Secretary in charge of security said at a press briefing.

He also accused some elements in the media of facilitating the “illegal act”, putting lives of thousands of Kenyans at risk.

“We long lost the days of threatening action, we will act. The individuals who are in this and the organisations involved in this, wherever they are within the borders of this country, will feel it and they will be so sorry they tried,” he stressed.

Kenya’s media council have asked the government to restore the broadcasting signals while media rights groups have slammed the move as one that does not bode well for the country.

Odinga, a former Prime Minister and leader of the main opposition bloc, NASA, on Tuesday took an oath of office as the People’s president. Odinga says he won elections held in August 2017 but was denied victory due to electoral fraud.

NASA secured a September 1, 2017 cancellation of the results as the Supreme Court ordered a vote rerun. They boycotted the October 26 process stressing that the necessary reforms had not taken place.

The vote, however, took place with incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta winning by a landslide. He took office in December last year following which NASA also said they will hold a parallel swearing in.

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UN reports about 900 fatalities in DR Congo’s ethnic violence.

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The united nations report that at least 890 people were killed in over just 3 days in ethnic violence in western DRC in mid-december.

The UN Human Rights Office reports the violence took place in four villages between Banunu and Batende communities.



The UN however warns the death toll could be higher. But there seems to be conflicting death tolls for the violence.

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A local priest and a civil society activist earlier in the week said at least 400 people had died in bloodshed that even led to the government canceling voting in last month’s presidential polls.

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The UN insists that 890 is the number of people known to have been buried.

The recent attack from the ethnic clashes in Yumbi, Mai-Ndombe Province allegedly started when members of the Banunu tribe wanted to bury one of their traditional chiefs on Batende land.

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Britain, UN worry over Internet shutdown in Zimbabwe.

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In the wake of deadly protests against a fuel price hike, and an ongoing internet shutdown in Zimbabwe, the United Nations has urged the government to stop “excessive use of force” by security forces including firing live ammunition.

The government has said three people died during demonstrations that broke out on Monday after President Emmerson Mnangagwa raised fuel prices by 150 percent.

Lawyers and activists say the toll was much higher and that security forces used violence and carried out mass arrests to quell the unrest.



The internet was cut off earlier this week, with critics saying the government sought to prevent images of its heavy-handedness in dealing with protesters from being broadcast around the world.

Leading mobile operator Econet Wireless said the government had ordered it to shut down services.

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“We were served with another directive for total shutdown of the internet until further notice,” Econet said in a statement.

“Our lawyers advised that we are required to comply with the directive pending the court’s decision on its legality.”

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Friday’s fuller internet shutdown also affected emails.

Due to the shutdown, Harare banks were providing only partial services and no cash machines were working, a witness said, while long queues formed at petrol stations and shops.

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