Raila Odinga reacts to his security being withdrawn


NASA Presidential candidate Raila Odinga has called the withdrawal of his security detail as a plot to intimidate the opposition.

Mr Odinga was reacting after his bodyguards and those attached to his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka were withdrawn on Monday evening.

The officers were withdrawn and reassigned back to the General Service Unit headquarters in Nairobi on the eve of planned demos against the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

The demos were held in a few localities in Nairobi and Kisumu but Mr Odinga and the rest of his co-principals did not show up.

Mr Odinga said that the withdrawal of the security detail by the government was a plot to cause harm to the opposition leaders.

He said that under the law, he was entitled to protection by the government and that he was not alerted of the pending withdrawal.

“Nobody has informed me on the withdrawal. I woke up and found the officers had been recalled,” said Mr Odinga.

“However my security are the people of Kenya who we will stand with irrespective of the circumstances.”

Reacting to the developments, a group of NASA MPs threatened to stage mass protests should the government fail to reinstate the two leaders’ bodyguards.

They gave the government a 24-hour ultimatum to restore the security saying that under the law, President Kenyatta had the responsibility of protecting all Kenyans irrespective of their political inclination.

“The move by Jubilee sets a dangerous precedent. We will not be cowed into submission,” said Mr Mbadi.

“If anything happens to our principals, we will solely blame it on President Kenyatta.”