NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
All four television
stations switched off air last week following government
crackdown after the swearing-in of opposition leader Raila
Odinga as "people’s president" on Jan. 30 are back on air.
Citizen TV and Inooro TV were the last stations to be
switched back on air Thursday afternoon, four days after NTV and
KTN News were restored.
The government accused the stations of reneging on an
agreement not to air the opposition fete for security purposes.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’s said the stations,
which control about 60 percent of viewership, were working with
the opposition to overthrow President Uhuru Kenyatta.
"The stations shall remain shut as we carry out
investigations surrounding circumstances on the swearing in of
Odinga," said Matiang’i.
According to the minister, there were intelligence reports of
planned massacre of those attending the oath-taking event at
Uhuru Park in Nairobi, and by airing the event, the media houses
were seemingly part of the plan.
An activist moved to court and successfully challenged the
closure of the stations, but the government ignored the order,
noting that it was still carrying out investigations.
The delayed move to restore the signal of Citizen TV and
Inooro TV was attributed to the decision by the parent company,
Royal Media Services, to sue the government seeking