Miguna Miguna refuses to take plea at Kajiado courts

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"If not they'll (the government) be in contempt of court".

It also reinvigorated an opposition that had appeared unsure of its next step after a highly publicised rally last week at which leader Raila Odinga symbolically inaugurated himself as president. "The laws are clear".

The journalists -Linus Kaikai, Larry Madowo and Ken Mijungu- believe that police planned to arrest them and applied to the courts for anticipatory bail, was set at KSh10 0000 (US$983 or about R12 000) each.

Earlier on Tuesday, Inspector general (IG) Joseph Boinnet and Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) boss George Kinoti sent representatives in court despite a Monday order compelling them to appear in person with Miguna Miguna.

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Miguna's advocates now want the court to direct the Kajiado court to release their client and his file to the Milimani court.

This came in the backdrop of Miguna's decline on taking a plea at the Kajiado Court where he had been arraigned earlier.

"I have been informed that he is in the building, so it remains that he is free", the judge said before he walked out of the courtroom, leaving Nasa supporters shouting and demanding to see him.

The leaders, through lawyer Nelson Havi, said they had reliable information that police wanted to arrest and detain them in connection with Raila's swearing-in and feared that they would be detained like Miguna Miguna and TJ Kajwang.

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"Once again the state is wilfully violating Mr. Miguna's rights by moving him without any notice to his lawyers or his family and, in order to frustrate their access to him, to a court stationed outside Nairobi", Isaac Okero, president of the Law Society of Kenya, told reporters.

Odinga took an oath of office administered by NASA MP T.J. Kajwang in the presence of thousands of supporters and party officials who thronged the Uhuru Park in the capital Nairobi.

Two TV stations - NTV and KTN News - had their signals restored on Monday evening while Royal Media Services' Citizen TV and Inooro TV remained off air.

The unprecedented act of censorship sparked a local and global backlash against the government of President Uhuru Kenyatta, who won an election in October.

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