January 30, 2018 / 3:06 PM / 9 months ago

Kenya government: Opposition 'resistance movement' is criminal group

NAIROBI (Reuters) - The Kenyan government on Tuesday declared the opposition’s ‘National Resistance Movement’ a criminal group, paving the way for potential arrests following the symbolic inauguration of the opposition leader.

A man wears a mask among fellow supporters as Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga (not pictured) takes a symbolic presidential oath of office in Nairobi, Kenya January 30, 2018. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Interior Ministry spokesman Mwenda Njoka confirmed the authenticity of an official notice sent to several media houses saying the movement - a loosely organized coalition of opposition lawmakers - had been declared illegal.

Reporting by George Obulutsa; writing by Katharine Houreld, Editing by William Maclean

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