, NAIROBI Kenya, Jul 22 – Former PM Raila Odinga’s aide Eliud Owalo has declined to record a statement with the police yet again over allegations of plotting to destabilize the government.
Owalo who was accompanied by Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) supporters to the CID headquarters, said he cannot record a statement with the police because he had not been told what crime he had committed, other than the allegations levelled against him.
“I have declined to respond on those allegations because the truth is that I am a stranger to all the allegations. It is very clear they are unable to establish any offence for which I was summoned here,” he stated.
He however said: “When they are able to establish what offence I have committed, am willing to come and engage them in further discussions.”
Owalo’s lawyer Harun Ndubi told journalists that the police summons issued to Owalo amount to arm twisting tactics used in the yesteryears and was not targeted at the former prime minister’s aide.
“I think this is very shameful to take this country backward by starting using tactics that (ex-President Daniel arap) Moi used. Democracy is not negotiated with high hardness,” he said.
Justifying Owalo’s refusal to record a statement, Ndubi said the country constitution requires an offence to be disclosed once a person is summoned by the police.
“They have not disclosed what offence he is accused of. We have therefore agreed once they have an idea of what offence is, we shall provide Owalo again.”