, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 31 – ODM Executive Director Magerer Lang’at says what happened to him at Orange House on Thursday is ‘shameful and barbaric’ and has urged the police to expedite their investigations.
Magerer who addressed a press conference at a Nairobi hotel on Friday said he expects police to arrest and prosecute those who roughed him up, as they accused him of being a Jubilee mole in ODM.
“I am trying very hard to smile but I hope I am going to impress,” he said as he started reading a short statement.
He said his attackers were elected leaders and senior politicians who are allergic to his individual freedom despite serving the party with diligence.
“I hope our laws will protect us against those who are still conformers of the status quo and as you saw yesterday are champions of impunity,” he said.
“As Executive Director of ODM, I have discharged my duties and responsibilities professionally and with utmost loyalty to both the party and to our party leader.”
“What happened yesterday was a second attempt on my life in nearly the same circumstances by the same actors…this is barbaric, cowardly and shows that some sections of Kenyans are allergic to individual freedom as enshrined in the Constitution.”
Lang’ at however declined to state whether he had said CORD leader Raila Odinga should quit politics, remarks that sparked anger leading to the attack at Orange House.
Lang’at is also reported to have said that the Orange party was on its death bed, a statement that did not go down well with some Members of the Nairobi County Assembly and party supporters who usually crowd the party headquarters during such meetings.
Nairobi County Assembly Majority Leader Elias Otieno on Thursday told the media that the MCAs were angered by Lang’at statement as they demanded his resignation from the party, terming him a Jubilee Coalition mole.
“We have the taken the responsibility to clean the party and ensure that it remains with people who are loyal. Magerer Lang’at has been a liability we don’t want to see him again here,” he said.
MCAs and the youths stormed the venue of the meeting, pulled Lang’at out of his seat and roughed him up while Odinga and Wiper Democratic Movement Party Leader Kalonzo Musyoka watched in disbelief.
The former MP was forced to flee as the youths 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.
Odinga has condemned the incident and assured that the party will deal with the matter appropriately.
ODM Secretary General Professor Anyang’ Nyong’o also condemned the attack and assured that ODM would probe the attack and take a decision on the matter next Tuesday.
“Such grievances should be handled within the organised framework of the party. This kind of action besmirched the name of the party… the NEC will meet to make specific decisions on this matter,” Nyong’o stated.
At the same time, more than 20 MPs from both CORD and Jubilee Coalition from the Rift Valley has since condemned the attack on Lang’at.