Wetangula escapes unhurt in gun attack

January 10, 2014 5:42 am


Wetangula (R) and CORD leader Raila Odinga at the Kilimani Police Station after the shooting/CFM News
Wetangula (R) and CORD leader Raila Odinga at the Kilimani Police Station after the shooting/CFM News
NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 10 – Police are investigating a Thursday night incident in which Bungoma Senator-elect Moses Wetangula escaped unhurt after his vehicle was shot at by unknown gunmen in Nairobi.

According to police and his aides, Wetangula was being driven home when attackers opened fire at his vehicle on Mbagathi Way, just near the City Mortuary roundabout.

Wetangula had just arrived in Nairobi from Mombasa and was heading to his Karen home when the incident, described by CORD leader Raila Odinga as a well orchestrated attempt on his deputy’s life, occurred.

Wetangula’s vehicle was hit by a bullet just below the roof and near the rear windshield.

Odinga was among the first people to arrive at the scene before they went to the Kilimani Police station where the incident was formally booked and an investigation file opened.

“We are not taking the matter lightly, our officers are doing everything possible to ensure we get the attackers,” Nairobi Police chief Benson Kibue said, and pleaded with the public to volunteer any information to Criminal Investigations Department (CID) officers probing the matter.

Odinga and Wetangula condemned the incident and urged the police to investigate the motive behind the shooting.

Both leaders are convinced that the incident “was planned” after terming it an assassination attempt on the deputy CORD chief.

“This is an assassination attempt on me but we leave it to the government to do its investigations and bring the culprits to book,” Wetangula said, and immediately linked it to remarks he recently made on the controversial railway tender.

He said he had recently received what he described as an alarming text “warning me to keep off the matter.” He did not say if he had formally notified the police about the threatening text for investigations.

“It seems it is not a mere accident that has happened, there must be people behind this,” he said, soon after the incident.

Odinga who accompanied him to the station said “it is unfortunate that the country continues to experience insecurity incidents despite assurances from the government.”

“This incident was executed by someone who not an amateur, you can see where the bullet has hit the car,” he said.


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