Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has explained what transpired in Rift Valley when his chopper was destroyed.Raila, who was attending Jackson Kibor’s funeral escaped death by a whisker .He blamed Caleb Kositany and Jackson Mandago for the violence.
Here is the statement from Raila:
“A while ago today, I witnessed what should worry ever Kenyan keen to protect the freedom of speech, association and multiparty-ism that we fought hard and long to get.
The threat came in the form of youth; mobilized, armed and paid to cause mayhem and disorder, destroy property and even take away lives in a bid to create political zones in the country.
In the event that took place at Kabenes in Uasin Gishu, youth attacked my plane, destroying the air shield with rocks that were clearly aimed at me. On my way to the plane, they had pelted my vehicles with stones.
My mistake was to attend the burial of my long time friend Mr. Jackson Kibor. I thank the security officers who did everything to ensure our safety.
The attacks present a very dark reminder of what this country has witnessed before, particularly in the run up to the 1992 elections and in the 2007-2008 polls.
In the run up to August, someone seems to be assembling a rag tag band of extremist youths, radicalized by lies and handouts to zone the country before pushing us into mayhem.
For today’s unfortunate events, I hold Uasin Gishu governor Jackson Mandagor and Soy MP. Hon. Caleb Kositany responsible.
I call on the two, and all leaders from the region who believe in our constitution, to come out now, not later, condemn the incident and promise an end to the bizarre attempts to balkanize the country into ethnic and tribal party zones ahead of August election.
Despite the violence meted out on me and my team today, I remain optimistic that Kenya will hold peaceful, free and fair election in August”