Noah Akala, 5 Others Arrested for Allegedly Trying to Extort Money From 2 Governors

  • Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga's aide Noah Akala was on Wednesday night arrested together with five other people.

    The six were taken to Kilimani police station after the police nabbed them for allegedly extorting Kshs.30 Million from two governors.

    According to reports, the five who claimed to be officers with the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) tried to extort Governors Cornel Rasanga (Siaya) and Amason Kingi (Kilifi).

    [caption caption="Raila Odinga with Noah Akala at Capital Hill"][/caption]

    The five reportedly presented files for investigations into the accounts of the two governors as leverage for the extortion.

    Police set traps for Akala and the others, one of whom was of Asian origin.

    Akala headed the NASA's People's Assembly Secretariat and is ODM's Deputy Director of Campaigns.

    The People's assembly was formed after the repeat elections where NASA rejected the results of the polls.

    "We wish to make it very clear that Kenyans cannot and shall not accept the blatant usurpation of power by the Jubilee administration and its determined effort to revert this nation to an authoritarian rule and the attendant abuse of our human rights," ODM stated at the time.

    However, in March, David Ndii announced that the opposition had decided to suspend the people's assembly.

    Addressing a press conference alongside other members of the People's Assembly Steering Committee, Ndii explained that they had decided to suspend the process to allow for talks between President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga.

    [caption caption="People Assembly Organising committee member Oduor Ong'wen, National Super Alliance Strategist David Ndii and head of the People's Assembly Secretariat Noah Akala during a media briefing at Okoa Kenya offices in Nairobi, January 3, 2018"][/caption]