Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leaders led by Siaya Senator James Orengo have fired back at the planned investigations by the Jubilee government against the NASA flag bearer Raila Odinga over alleged hate remarks in Kajiado.
Speaking at Asumbi Catholic Church in Homa Bay County, Orengo accompanied by Woman Representative Gladys Wanga, Senator Moses Kajwang’ and Member of Parliament Peter Kaluma warned the president that they would boycott the August elections in the event that the opposition chief was to be jailed.
“All Kenyans are ready to move with Mr Odinga to prison. Let Uhuru know that there shall be no election in August if he arrests Mr Odinga,” Mr Orengo said.
Even though the former prime minister denied the hate speech claims, Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery revealed that he would look into Odinga's utterances and take appropriate action against him.
The Director of Public Prosecution Keriako Tobiko confirmed that Raila was under probe after Jubilee leaders wrote to the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) calling for investigations against the ODM party leader.
However, Raila clarified at a press conference that the Jubilee government was to blame for the poverty woes of the residents of Kajiado citing illegal land transactions that oppress communities in the region.
He accused Uhuru’s Government of not doing enough to implement the recommendations in the land chapter of the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Report.
Raila maintained that he was simply discouraging local communities from selling their land, adding that his campaign would address the land injustices in the county to alleviate poverty.