Deputy President William Ruto on Wednesday warned that politicians found to have incited residents leading to the killings will not be spared.
“Investigations are almost completed, and I can assure you that no one will be spared,” Ruto told a briefing in Nairobi, “no one will be spared even politicians.”
President Kenyatta has ruled out Al Shabaab involvement in the attack, and instead blamed politicians for inciting communities.
On his side, Odinga said no person was immune from the law and challenged the security officers to go ahead with the arrest of those involved.
He said the statement by President Kenyatta linking the attacks to politics was unfortunate and likely to interfere with investigations.
“The President made a statement yesterday to the effect that the perpetrators of the massacres in Mpeketoni were not Al Shabaab. He declared that the attacks were politically orchestrated and blamed what he termed as heightened political rhetoric of leaders and local political networks who were involved in the planning and execution of the killings,” he said.
“This statement was unfortunate and unjustified for several reasons. More importantly it is likely to compromise the investigations to be conducted to determine and establish the masterminds behind these brutal attacks. It may be a case of a rush to judgment.”
“The President’s statement ignores the position taken by other countries and experts that the Al Shabaab were indeed responsible for these attacks and that Al Shabaab never claims responsibility for attacks it has not carried out.”