NAIROBI, Kenya, May 14 – The CID Headquarters in Nairobi has declined to record a statement from nominated MP Oburu Odinga over claims there is a plot to assassinate his brother, ex-PM Raila Odinga.
Oburu was instead asked to go to Siaya to write the statement there.
“I’m disappointed that I’ve been sent to the village while the allegations I’ve made are beyond the village. The allegations are in respect of persons who are beyond our borders. I do not think a village police officer in Bondo is in a better position to investigate than the headquarters itself; there is no enthusiasm whatsoever to take a statement from me,” he complained.
He added that extra security officers should be deployed to protect the former Prime Minister when he returns to Kenya from his USA trip next month, to help calm tension.
Speaking at the CID Headquarters, Oburu’s lawyer Haroun Ndubi said they will continue in their quest and will seek out the Director of the CID for another appointment.
“It is our view they are acting in compliance with political interests rather than taking a statement from a citizen who is doing what the law requires him to do. Therefore, we are waiting on the Director of the CID to invite us back and if he does not we will reschedule to see him directly if he does not allow any of his officers to take the statement,” Ndubi said.
“Even if it’s false information, a lot of people make reports to the police on account of information which upon investigation may be found to be non-credible, that is their role! So we are not saying they investigate to prove the truth of it but they investigate to get to the root of it and that’s what they are failing to do.”
Siaya Senator James Orengo on the other hand is calling on the government to change its attitude on security matters and take a different approach since every citizen has the right to security.
“What we have experienced today is the general attitude of the Kenyan government on matters of security and where there is information and intelligence instead of recording it and using it you see the security organs are reluctant like the way they are reluctant today and when the incidence happens then they begin to run around blaming everybody. Any life under the Constitution should be guided and protected” he explained.