How Police Secretly Planned to Stop Raila's Homecoming

  • Unknown details have emerged on how the Police planned to stop National Super Alliance (NASA) supporters from welcoming their leader Raila Odinga on Friday.

    In one of the heaviest deployments organized in the country, more than 12 contingents of police officers were deployed in Nairobi to block Mr Odinga's homecoming.

    The heavily armed police were drawn from the General Service Unit, regular police and administration police to ensure that NASA leaders and their supporters do not access the airport nor march towards Uhuru Park.

    Reports indicate that the operation was led by Nairobi County Commander Japheth Koome who was in full control of the whole process.

    [caption caption="Police officers help a person injured during the protests"][/caption]

    According to the Nation, Koome's job was to give instructions on the police communication system, a task that is usually left to the officers leading various groups.

    High-level security meetings were held hours before Mr Odinga's plane touched down at the airport; this meeting set the pace for the operation.

    At least six water tankers mounted with ejecting cannons were used by police.

    Another source at the airport indicated that the police cordoned off all the parking slots around the international airport arrivals in a bid to deny the NASA politicians and Mr Odinga's motorcade parking slots.

    Meanwhile, Acting Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i regretted the incident that allegedly left five people dead and many other injured.

    [caption caption="Raila Odinga addressing leading a convoy after his arrival"][/caption]

    “We are concerned about the ugly scenes we saw. But no differences of opinion are big enough for us to have acrimony around us and spoil our country,” he stated.