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Blamuel Njururi, Nairobi – May 19, 2014 – Former Kenya Prime Minister Raila Amolo Odinga’s elder brother a fortnight ago sensationally claimed that East African leaders were plotting to assassinate his brother.
Raburu Odinga, a nominated Member of Parliament claimed that “some of the Presidents of the EAC countries have a personal agenda in the region which they fear can’t be achieved with the Orange Democratic Party (ODM) leader around”
He has however refused to name the leaders or record a statement with the police in his rural Bondo where he was directed by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to go since he made the allegations there.
Oburu’s claim was quickly dismissed by State House spokesman Manoah Esipisu, who called it “cheap, unfounded and demeaning to the integrity and the agenda of EAC leaders” who had met at Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi to as East African Community Summit. Present at the meeting were Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta (Kenya), Yoweri Museveni (Uganda), Paul Kagame (Rwanda) and Salva Kiir Mayardit (South Sudan).
Kenya’s Inspector-General of Police David Kimaiyo says he has not received any reports on the alleged plot.
Unconfirmed claims say Tanzania President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete and Bungoma Senator, Moses Wetangula, are the individuals behind former Prime Minister’s assassination claims.
Sources within Raila’s political vehicle, ODM, claim that Wetangula and Kikwete met at State House, Arusha on May 5th where they discussed regional security issues including the assassination claims of Raila.
The source said Wetangula was very furious with the revelations but Kikwete calmed him down and advised him to keep quiet for a week so that the information can be made public by Raila’s elder brother, Oburu. The nominated MP appears to have faithfully followed the script.
Rumors peddled by ODM adherents, report Kikwete as saying that Tanzania’s intelligence community had unearthed a conspiracy by three East African Presidents to assassinate former Prime Minister, Raila, scheduled to return from a two-month visit to the US where he is receiving medical attention.
Kikwete allegedly said the three East African Presidents led by President Uhuru Kenyatta hatched the idea during the East African Commission (EAC) meeting held at Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi, last April.
Why the East African heads would meet in a hotel to discuss the need to assassinate what is increasingly regarded in Kenya and the region as ”politically spent force” is not clear. What is clear is that the Odinga family is profoundly worried about its political future should their ailing political rattle-snake pass on. Raila is currently in the US undergoing prostate cancer therapy.
Oburu’s claims are the second time in two years that an ODM MP has raised allegations about a plot to assassinate the former Prime Minister. In 2012, when it became obvious that Raila would lose the March 2013 Presidential race, his cousin and Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo claimed some senior officials in Kenya government planned to kill the former prime minister, allegations that were denied by the government off hand.
Reports from the United States say that “Raila is seriously ill”. He is ailing from prostate and benign Hypertrophy (BPH) and Prostatic cancer and is currently receiving treatment in the US. A Dr. Mugo wa Wairimu is reported to have confirmed Raila is undergoing chemotherapy for prostate Cancer hence the extension of his sabbatical stay there twice.
Dr. Mugo also said that the former Prime Minister is undergoing chemotherapy for prostate cancer at either Massachusetts general hospital or Boston Medical Centre. Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), also called benign enlargement of the prostate (BEP), adenofibromyomatous hyperplasia and benign prostatic hypertrophy (technically incorrect usage), is a benign increase in size of the prostate.
Kenyan MPs led by Kirinyaga Central MP Joseph Gitari demanded that Oburu should immediately record a statement with the CID so that they investigate the matter. Gitari wondered why anyone would be interested in assassinating Raila, yet he has minimal role in the affairs of the East Africa Community?
MPs Kanini Kega (Kieni), Alice Ng’ang’a (Thika town) and Kimani Ichugwa (Kikuyu) also challenged Oburu to name those who want to kill his brother. The MPs said the only person who can Kill Raila, is Raila himself, by adopting”suicidal endless spiraling denials of reality of defeat every time there are elections which he loses hands down. He is his own worst branded enemy. Such self-mutilating propaganda does not help him or anyone”.
Meanwhile, a major rebellion is building up against Raila in his Nyanza backyard following disputes over ODM’s national elections debacle in March. A new political party to rival Raila’s ODM is gaining momentum sending shockwaves that are threatening the age-old Odinga Luoland political hegemony. Progressive leaders of the Luo community have launched a movement known as Kalausi (whirlwind in Dholuo) to “push for a fresh start in Nyanza”.
This comes at a time when opinion polls show that President Kenyatta’s The National Alliance (TNA) party has overtaken ODM in national popularity. One recent poll commissioned by Strategic Public Relations, shows that ODM has slumped to 28 per cent, while TNA has surged to 32.4 per cent.