Arrest Raila Odinga at your own risk, ODM leaders warn

Jubilee has called for the arrest of the NASA leader

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James Orengo
Siaya Senator James Orengo. PHOTO: THE STAR

A section of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) MPs have dared the Jubilee government to arrest The National Super Alliance (NASA) flagbearer Raila Odinga over alleged hate speech and incitement remarks he made last week.

Raila, during his campaign trail on Thursday, June 15, asked members of the Maasai community to stop selling land to “outsiders”.

Raila Odinga
Raila Odinga after he was unveiled as the Opposition Presidential candidate for the August 8 General Election in Uhuru Park on April 27. PHOTO: JACK OWUOR/THE STAR

The Opposition leader was speaking during a rally in Kajiado county while popularising his presidential bid, saying the habit was making the community poor.

Jubilee top leadership including president Uhuru Kenyatta came out with guns blazing, the called out Raila for inciting the residents and warned that the sentiments could ignite chaos. They then called for the arrest and prosecution of the Opposition leader who has since said he was misquoted.

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Yesterday (Sunday, June 18), four Nasa legislators dared the government to make good its threat and arrest Raila.

They are James Orengo (Siaya), Moses Kajwang’ (Homa Bay) and MPs Gladys Wanga (Homa Bay County) and Peter Kaluma (Homa Bay Town).

The leaders were speaking during a prayer rally at Asumbi Catholic Church in Rangwe constituency, where Orengo told the government to go ahead and ‘test the anger Kenyans have on Jubilee leadership’ by apprehending Raila.

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According to him, it will not be business as usual if Raila who fights for the citizens’ rights is arrested and taken to prison.

“Arresting Raila would be the greatest scandal Kenya would ever have. You will have to put all Kenyans in prison,” Orengo noted.

The Senator went ahead and warned Jubilee administration that if Raila is put behind bars, there would be no election in August.

“Raila’s fight for justice in the country is in public domain. If you attempt to arrest him then just forget about having election in August.” Said Orengo.

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But he was not done, he challenged the government to make public the contentious report by the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission. He said the report contains big names linked to land-grabbing in the country.

Senator Kajwang on the other hand said the commission should not be compromised by Jubilee for political reasons.

Wanga delved into the issue of the mostly inconclusive ODM nominations, she called on the residents of Homa Bay County to vote for ODM nominees and not independent candidates.