, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 11 – Embattled Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Executive Director Magerer Lang’at has sued 12 Members of the Nairobi County Assembly, Director of the Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko and acting Inspector General Samuel Arachi following an incident where he was manhandled and forcefully ejected out of the ODM Headquarters last year.
Through his advocate John Khaminwa, Lang’at moved to court seeking damages over assault which happened on October 30 after the MCAs and youth stormed a party meeting following his earlier remarks that the party leader Odinga should resign from politics.
Lang’at allegedly told a meeting between political parties and the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) that the Orange party was on its death bed, a statement that did not go down well with some MCAs and party supporters who usually crowd the party headquarters during such meetings.
The former Kipkelion MP lamented that he was assaulted in full glare of the public, police officers and senior state officers yet no action has been taken.
ODM Leader Raila Odinga and Wiper Democratic Movement Party Leader Kalonzo Musyoka watched in disbelief as the MCAs and the youth stormed the venue of the meeting, pulled Lang’at out of his seat and roughed him up.
The former MP was forced to flee as the youth who had by then deflated his car tires gave chase. He was only saved by police officers in a patrol car who were driving near the area.
He wants Tobiko and Arachi to explain why no arrests have been made and that investigations have not been initiated.
Langat wants the Court to determine that the lack of action in the matter is a breach of his fundamental freedoms and rights. Justice Weldon Korir has directed the petition be served to all the parties pending hearing of the case on next week on Friday.
The ODM’s National Executive Committee fined ten Members of the Nairobi County Assembly a collective sum of Sh100,000 over the attack on Lang’at.
In an interview with the media soon after the attack, Nairobi County Assembly Majority Leader Otieno had said that the MCAs were angered by Lang’at statement as they demanded his resignation from the party, terming him a Jubilee Coalition mole.
The former Kipkelion MP is among the few allies from the vote-rich Rift Valley region who remained with Odinga after Deputy President William Ruto left the Orange party to form the United Republican Party after a fall out on Odinga’s handling of the 2007 post election violence suspects and eviction of Mau Forest settlers.