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Leaders show 'solidarity' with Wetangula in ID mishap

24 October 2014, 11:17 William Korir

Nairobi - When worse comes to worse, leaders from across the political divide come across to help each other as is the case for CORD leader Moses Wetangula.

Wetangula was refused access to a Kenya Airways flight to Mombasa Thursday as he did not have his national identification and thus airline officials as per procedure refused to let him board the flight.

However, with other leaders also boarding the flight to Mombasa vouching for Wetangula, he eventually was allowed to board after they said the plane would not leave unless the CORD leader was on board.

They included Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi and Senate Speaker Ekwe Ethuro.

Wetangula's ID was apparently in his baggage on the way to Mombasa by road at the time and with him being a 'Mheshimiwa' the airline was forced to bend the rules to accommodate him.

Reaction from Kenyans was damning and an indication of just how much ilk politicians have at their disposal.

" This is impunity of the highest order. How can many leaders allow such to happen. We are in 2014 and we allow such to happen? If it was someone else, would Wetangula allow him to board without identification? Mike Miguna posed on Facebook.

Carol Esque felt that the action by other leaders to press for Wetangula was an indication of levels of lawlessness in Kenya.

" Wetangula knows the rules. He knows what is needed of him. He is a lawyer by profession. The fact that other leaders are willing to help him break the rules in unacceptable, she said also on Facebook.

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On his part, Willis Nyakira felt that it was time Kenyans realized that politicians are one and the same blood.

" As you have noticed, the politicians are all on the same plane and we are on a different level. Why are we divided because of them, he asked.

Orange Democratic Movement ODM communications boss Philip Etale summed up the day's feelings with his tweet. Not too clever, many felt.

" In the end, it was Kenya Airways that gave in and all the passengers boarded afresh including the one with no ID,” Etale posted on his Twitter account.

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