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Raila Recounts Chopper Stoning Incident

  • Azimio la Umoja One Kenya presidential aspirant, Raila Odinga, has recounted the chopper stoning incident that took place in Soy constituency, in Uasin Gishu County on Friday, April 1.

    Speaking in West Pokot during his presidential bid popularisation rally, Raila stated that he escaped death by a whisker.

    The former Prime Minister explained that after attending the burial of the late Moi-era politician cum businessman, Jackson Kibor, his convoy was stoned as he tried to leave the burial venue.

    Upon reaching where his chopper was parked, Raila was also confronted by the rowdy youths who started pelting stones at his helicopter. The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader noted that the stones were being hurled in a well calculated manner only targeting the side he was seated.

    A chopper that was carrying ODM Party leader Raila Odinga wa stoned in Uasin Gishu County on Friday, April 1, 2022.

    But with the help of Suna East Member of Parliament, Junet Mohamed, and his security detail, Raila narrowly dodged the huge stones that were being hurled at him.

    “Those people yesterday had a well crafted plot against us. I saw drama, the rowdy youths started pelting stones at our convoy. They literally rained stones on us. Junet Mohamed alerted me and we managed to get into our helicopter,” Raila explained.

    “While in the chopper, I saw someone target me with a huge stone. Within no time, he had hurled the stone and I had nowhere to hide. They wanted to kill us.”

    He, however, noted that he expects all political leaders to preach peace and cohesion ahead of the August General Election. He maintained that he is ready to accept defeat if he loses the poll, challenging his competitors to also accept the results without advocating for violence.

    So far, the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) has summoned three lawmakers linked to the violence meted out on the former Prime Minister.

    The three are Caleb Kositany – MP Soy, Oscar Sudi of Kapseret and David Kiplagat, Speaker of Uasin Gishu County Assembly. DCI instructed them to present themselves for grilling on Sunday, April 3 before the Rift Valley DCI Regional Coordinator.

    “Preliminary investigations indicate that the chaos was organized and coordinated by Caleb Kositany, MP Soy Constituency, Oscar Sudi, MP Kapseret Constituency, and David Kiplagat, Speaker of Uasin Gishu County Assembly,” stated DCI.

    An image of Caleb Kositany
    Soy Member of Parliament Caleb Kositany speaking at a past event.
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