FORMER Kenyan vice president Kalonzo Musyoka has escaped a suspected assassination attempt.

Musyoka’s home was targeted with gunfire and a stun grenade hours after his police security was withdrawn and he was blocked from attending opposition leader Raila Odinga’s mock inauguration ceremony in Nairobi. Musyoka was scheduled to take the oath as Odinga’s deputy.

Describing the 1am blast as “shocking”, Musyoka added:”The motive was clearly political.” No-one was hurt in the incident.

Kenya’s top three TV stations remain shutdown by the state after airing Odinga’s mock instillation as “the people’s president”.

The ceremony was intended as a protest against President Uhuru Kenyatta’s new term after months of deadly election turmoil.

Kenya’s interior minister, Fred Matiangi, announced an investigation into “conspirators and facilitators” of Tuesday’s event. The government has outlawed the opposition’s National Resistance Movement, with Matiangi declaring it an organised criminal group.

The man who swore in Odinga was arrested, his lawyer said. Opposition legislator and lawyer TJ Kajwang has been taken to Nairobi’s criminal investigations department for questioning.

Matiangi claimed that the broadcast of Tuesday’s ceremony by media outlets could have led to the deaths of thousands of Kenyans.