Raila’s foot in mouth over drugs claims

November 30, 2011 4:01 pm

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 30 – Prime Minister Raila Odinga was Wednesday unable to clarify the extent to which Kenyan politics is funded by drug money.

Garsen MP Danson Mungatana wanted the Prime Minister who issued the remarks almost two months ago at a governance forum to give specifics and indicate which political parties were beneficiaries of proceeds of narcotics.

Odinga said his remarks were informed by a report contained in a book authored by Peter Castro titled ‘Termites at work’.

The Premier stated that a large amount of drug money from well known drug barons was in circulation and funding politicians across the country in preparation for the 2012 general elections.

He said the report indicated that drug barons were buying protection through the funding of some key political parties.

The PM said the report did not however provide definitive evidence and therefore he could not say which political parties or specific candidates are involved.

Attempts to probe the PM further on his remarks were interrupted by Kilome MP Harun Mwau who informed the Temporary Speaker Gitobu Imanyara that he had sued the author of the book and the matter was before court.

Mwau also indicated that contents of the book were based on the controversial US report implicating him in the drug trade and singling him as a kingpin yet the Kenya government had cleared him of these allegations.

He claimed the book that had been tabled by the Prime Minister was inadmissible and since it was a subject under litigation it was subjudice to discuss the issue.

Imanyara undertook to deliver a ruling on the issues of admissibility and subjudice next week before any queries to the PM on the matter is revisited.


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