Attack on Khalwale outside court stupid, says Raila

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Odinga, who was addressing a news conference Friday, termed the incident that led to the combative Senator to seek refuge in a public toilet as dim-witted.
Odinga, who was addressing a news conference Friday, termed the incident that led to the combative Senator to seek refuge in a public toilet as dim-witted.

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 17 – Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) leader Raila Odinga has condemned Thursday’s attack on Kakamega County Senator Boni Khalwale and called on police to arrest those behind the attack.

Odinga, who was addressing a news conference Friday, termed the incident that led to the combative Senator to seek refuge in a public toilet as dim-witted.

“This is a most stupid and most primitive act, because we respect the rule of law and if somebody has prosecuted you before a court of law you have an obligation to present yourself to answer the charges against you, which is what Honourable Khalwale was trying to do,” Odinga said.

He said the attack was unwarranted because Khalwale was only going to court as directed after Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero sued him for linking him to the collapse of Mumias Sugar Company.

READ: Apologise or else, Kidero tells Khalwale.

It took a combined effort of Regular and Administration Police to shield Khalwale from being roughed up by youths who were chanting pro-Kidero slogans outside the Milimani Law Courts.

Odinga ordered CORD to investigate the incident.

“Whoever organised these thugs must be condemned in the strongest term possible. We of course as CORD will carry out our own investigations, but we also urge the police to carry out quick investigations and arrest these people but not just the thugs but arrest the people who hired the thugs to go and harass Honourable Khalwale yesterday,” he said.

Police on Friday morning lobbed teargas and shot in the air to disperse supporters of Governor Kidero and Khalwale who clashed outside the Milimani Law Courts.

The two groups confronted each other following a ruling by Justice Joseph Sergon who gave further orders barring the Kakamega Senator from linking Kidero to the collapse of Mumias Sugar Company.

READ: Gunshots, teargas as Kidero and Khalwale groups clash

The case will be heard on July 22.