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BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,25TH NOV 2017-The national Super Alliance Leader Raila Odinga on Saturday criticized the police for what he termed as use of excessive force on NASA supporters during the just concluded electioneering period.According Odinga police have been spotted using live bullets to disperse a peaceful demonstrators a move that led to many deaths of innocent Kenyans.”There is no justification as to why police can use excessive force on peaceful demonstrators.” Odinga said at the event held at a Nairobi hotel during fundraising event for those affected during the electioneering period.
Odinga condemned the use of excessive force against unarmed Kenyans who had turned out to welcome him from the US wondering why their lives had to be snuffed out in such brutal manner.
“Why did they have to die? What crimes did they commit? These are the question the government must answer.”
Odinga asked why the government didn’t arrest him at the airport if he was the problem instead of innocent Kenyans being beaten to death.
The coalition puts the number of those who allegedly lost their lives because of police brutality at 28 and vowed to hold a memorial service in their memory.
“That day, when they are celebrating in Kasarani, we will hold a memorial service at Jacaranda grounds. It will not be a public rally but a memorial service,” Odinga clarified.
Other leaders at the event included Former Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama,Member of parliament for Dagorret North Simba Arati,senator James Orengo,Musalia Mudavadi among others.
All leaders blamed the government for remaing silence when innocent kenyans are killed.
Siaya Senator Orengo James said he will open private prosecution against those who are alleged to have killed the NASA supporters should the government fail to take responsibility.
“Mark my words, this matter will not end here. We will pursue private prosecutions and also take the perpetrators to the International Criminal Court,” he said.
Dagorretti North Member of Parliament Simba Arati, on the other hand, vowed the coalition will never allow any of their members to be killed again. He said they will use other effective means that will not put their supporters in harm’s way.
“We are not going to shed any more blood in the struggle. We won’t allow any more loss of lives,” he said receiving a thunderous applause from the audience.
The cash raised will go towards the burial plans for those lost their lives.