Former Kenyan vice president, Kalonzo Musyoka said on Wednesday that gunshots were fired at his home and a grenade detonated in what was "an assassination attempt."

Musyoka told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the attack occurred hours after his police security was withdrawn and he had been blocked from attending a mock inauguration of opposition leader Raila Odinga on Tuesday in protest of President Uhuru Kenyatta's new term after months of deadly election turmoil.

Musyoka was to take the oath as Odinga's deputy president in the mock inauguration. "The motive was clearly political," he said describing as "shocking" the 01:00 blast.

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He said after his police security was withdrawn he felt vulnerable and hired a private security firm.

"I knew we were vulnerable but I didn't think they would strike that fast," he said. He said the private security firm vehicle parked in front of his gate may have dissuaded the attackers from getting within the premises.

On Tuesday, the government cut live transmission of the country's top three TV channels as a huge crowd of tens of thousands gathered in a Nairobi park for the mock inauguration. 

Kenyatta had "expressly threatened to shut down and revoke the licenses of any media house" that aired live broadcasts, the Kenya Editors Guild said in a statement.

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