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Raila claims State using police to intimidate Opposition after bodyguards withdrawn

Nasa leader Raila Odinga. file photo | nmg
Nasa leader Raila Odinga. file photo | nmg 

Nasa leader Raila Odinga on Tuesday accused the police of being complicit in a plot to intimidate the Opposition after they were stripped of State security.

Mr Odinga’s bodyguards and those attached to his running mate, Kalonzo Musyoka, were withdrawn on Monday evening.

The officers were recalled to General Service Unit headquarters in Nairobi on the eve of planned demos against the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

The demos went on as planned in Nairobi and Kisumu, but Mr Odinga, Mr Musyoka and other top Nasa officials were conspicuously missing.

Mr Odinga said the move to deny him State protection was part of a wider scheme to cause harm to Opposition leaders. The officers, he said, were recalled without official communication.

While addressing a press conference at his Capitol Hill office in Nairobi, Mr Odinga said under the law, he was entitled to protection by the government.

“Nobody has informed me on the withdrawal. I woke up and found the officers had been recalled,” said Mr Odinga.

“However, my security is the people of Kenya who we will stand with irrespective of the circumstances.”

Earlier, MPs allied to Nasa had threatened mass protests should the government fail to reinstate the two leaders’ bodyguards. The MPs, led by ODM national chairman John Mbadi, gave the government a 24-hour ultimatum to restore the security.

Mr Mbadi said under the law, President Kenyatta had the responsibility of protecting all Kenyans in spite of their political inclination.

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