Why Raila Flew to Zanzibar on Sunday Night

  • National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga left the country for Zanzibar with reports indicating that he left due to the unrest and chaos that erupted in the country over the weekend.

    According to Salim Lone, a long time adviser to the former Prime Minister and his party, Odinga left on Sunday night.

    Mr Lone further disclosed that the Opposition leader was in Zanzibar, off the coast of the mainland of Tanzania for an undisclosed mission.

    The NASA chief on Friday arrived to a grand welcome from his supporters after a trip to the United States of America.

    [caption caption="Police dispersing NASA supporters"][/caption]

    However, chaos marred his welcome back party after several people were killed in clashes between the Kenyan police and his supporters.

    In an attempt to disperse NASA supporters, the police used water cannons and tear gas as Mr. Odinga’s convoy made its way to the central business district where he addressed supporters.

    Tension carried on over the weekend and on Sunday, police fired teargas to disperse a crowd that was protesting against the murder of five people in Riverside near Mathare.

    The police further denied that they had used live ammunition or killed anyone, despite several reports by witnesses and journalists to the contrary.

    Opposition legislators had vowed to have at least one million protesters in the streets, but the police warned that they would not allow a rally to welcome Mr Odinga upon his arrival.

    [caption caption="NASA leader Raila Odinga alighting from plane"][/caption]

    Police accused sections of the supporters accompanying Odinga’s convoy for looting property and enraging crowds leading to five people being stoned to death.