NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
The Kenyan government on Wednesday launched
investigations into the swearing-in ceremony of opposition
leader Raila Odinga on Tuesday.
Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Interior and Coordination
of National Government, told a media briefing in Nairobi that
the investigations will extend to conspirators and facilitators
of the event.
“Upon completion of
these investigations, appropriate legal action will be taken in
accordance with the laws of Kenya. The government will prefer
appropriate administrative measures on a need by need basis,”
His remarks came
after the police arrested opposition legislator Tom Kajwang who
swore in Odinga at a largely peaceful ceremony which was
attended by thousands of opposition supporters.
Kajwang, a two-time
lawmaker for a constituency in Nairobi and a lawyer, was
arrested by police officers and taken to Directorate of Criminal
Investigations (DCI) for grilling.
Matiang’i said what
was witnessed at Uhuru Park on Tuesday was a well-choreographed
attempt to subvert or overthrow the legally constituted
government of Kenya.
He added that the
government was and is aware of the role of some elements in the
media fraternity who participated in furtherance of the illegal
swearing in act.
would have led to thousands of deaths of innocent Kenyans due to
the buildup of the incitement that was witnessed in the early
hours of the morning of Jan. 30,” he added.
According to the
government official, media owners and all relevant actors had
been given a full security situation brief well ahead of the
illegal activities of the National Super Alliance (NASA).
media houses chose to disregard this advice, their own code of
ethics, self-regulation and the moral responsibility of every
Kenyan to safeguard the security of their fellows citizens,”
He said three
television stations will remain off air until the government has
completed investigations into the “swearing-in” of Odinga.
“As a result of what
happened yesterday (Tuesday), we have commenced investigations
targeting individuals. Media houses will remain closed until we
complete investigations,” he said.
signals of NTV, KTN and Citizen were switched off Tuesday, but
Kenyans watched the live coverage on social media and
international TV channels.