Azimio leader Raila Odinga claims an attempt on his life was made during Thursday peaceful demonstration
Azimio leader Raila Odinga claims an attempt on his life was made during Thursday peaceful demonstration.
Azimio party leader Raila Odinga has alleged that there was an assassination attempt on his life during Thursday’s anti-government protests in Nairobi.
The opposition leader, addressed the media in Karen, claimed his car was shot at seven times with live bullets, in what he believes was an attempt to kill him.
Raila hence hit out at the Presidents government, accusing it of taking the country to pre-colonial times with what he said as attacks against peaceful demonstrators merely exercising their rights.
“We condemn in the strongest terms possible what has happened today. Today is a very sad day in the history of this country. This shows that we’re degenerating into the colonial stage, where lives of Africans did not matter at all, because there’s no reason why police should use this kind of force against unarmed citizens who are merely exercising their democratic rights,” he said.
“My own car was hit seven times with live bullets, and the direction of the bullets were all aimed at me. These people have been threatening and blackmailing us, unfortunately the friends of this country are not helping. Look at the statement released by some ambassador based here, you would think that they live in a different country; they’re actually adding fuel to this conflict, instead of being independent and neutral arbiters.” he added.
The former Prime Minister then condemned attacks on the press witnessed during Thursday protests, where at least four journalists from different media houses were hospitalised after reportedly being brutalised by both goons and police officers while covering the demonstration.
He also alleged a plot hatched by senior government officials to raid property owned by former President Uhuru Kenyatta.
“It is very unfortunate that in the whole of these skirmishes, the media is being targeted for attack. The other day and today, several journalists have been injured,” he said.
“We also had information that they were planning to attack Uhuru’s farm, business, and residences.”
The former prime minister also maintained his grievances, stating that the IEBC server should be opened and an audit done so that any doubts about the election are put to rest.
He added that the four disgraced and sacked IEBC commissioners led by former Vice Chair Juliana Cherera, should be reinstated.