Raila fires warning shots over handshake

Raila Odinga

ODM leader Raila Odinga on Wednesday, May 19 fired the first warning shots over handshake. asking the Jubilee party not to take the peaceful co-existence that was achieved by the 2018 handshake for granted.

Odinga was expressing his disappointment following the by-elections that took place in Bonchari on Tuesday, May 18 in which his ODM brigade were allegedlyy harrassed and intimidated by police and state officials who were reportedly supporting the Jubilee candidate Zebedeo Opore.

He expressed his concerns that some members of the Jubilee party were using the handshake as an excuse to erode hard-earned liberties.

“What we have witnessed in the by-elections in Bonchari and Juja is an abuse of police powers and an arrogant display of impunity by a few overzealous and bellicose government functionaries,” reads an excerpt of the statement.

The former prime minister reminded Jubilee that elections should be a democratic process where the people express their will freely and fairly and the same is respected.

“Security forces exist to serve the people and not the interests of those out to conduct political experiments,” he stated.

File image of ODM politicians at a recent press conference in Kisii
File image of ODM politicians at a recent press conference in Kisii

On Tuesday evening, ODM secretary Edwin Sifuna had demanded for an open play ground as the Bonchari by-elections went on after police raided his hotel.

“We want an equal playground for all contestants. We will not accept to be in partnership with parties such as Jubilee yet they are the ones using state resources to undermine us,” he stated.

ODM has since clinched the Bonchari seat after the former Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) Director-General Pavel Oimeke garnered 9,049 votes.

Jubilee’s Zebedeo Opore was second with 7,279 votes while UDA’s Teresa Bitutu came third with 6,964. Bititu is the widow of the late area MP Oroo Oyioka.

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