BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,2ND APRIL,2022-A total of 14 people have so far been arrested in connection to the Friday attack that targeted ODM leader Raila Odinga’s helicopter and vehicles in his convoy in Uasin Gishu County.
The former premier and his allies had just attended the burial of the late ‘Men’s Conference chairman’ Mzee Jackson Kibor in Soy, when rowdy youth started pelting his chopper with stones.
Addressing the press in Eldoret on Saturday, Uasin Gishu County Commissioner Stephen Kihara said the suspects are currently helping police with investigations.
“We have moved around through the night and we were able to arrest 14 youth who participated in throwing stones yesterday,” he said.
With the help of the nabbed suspects, Kihara expressed confidence that the police will single out the organisers of the attack, which he labelled as regrettable and isolated.
“We’re conducting subsequent investigations and we will nab the person who likely organized the incident. Regardless of who was involved, he or she will face the law and this will be a lesson for persons preaching politically instigated violence,” he added.
While urging the youth to advocate for peace during this electioneering period, Kihara likewise reiterated that all politicians are constitutionally entitled to campaign in any part of the country without having to deal with threats or intimidation of any kind.
Earlier on, Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago also condemned the incident while distancing himself from claims made by a section of Odinga allies that he had allegedly orchestrated the attack.
He specifically singled out Suna East Member of Parliament Junet Mohammed and his Embakasi East counterpart Babu Owino for making the said claims.
“I want to address one Junet Mohamed and Babu Owino that probably because they have been in a league of politics of violence, they think that every politician in this country subscribes to that kind of nonsense,” said Governor Mandago.
“If I was a politician who was just saying things about political divides and politics of hatred, I would not have given them my car. I don’t know how Junet forgets that fast.”
He added: “My own car was stoned so how can I organize violence against my own security. We can differ in political ideologies but that does not make us enemies.”