Man canes Raila during referendum campaign
29 September 2014, 21:03
Nairobi - A meeting attended by CORD principal Raila Odinga his deputy Moses Wetangula several senators and MPs almost turned chaotic when a person believed to be insane beat Odinga and Kwale governor Salim Mvurya using a stick.
Mvurya and Raila were dancing accompanied by Senators Wetangula, Juma Boy, James Orengo, Johnston Muthama ,Agnes Zani, Hassan Omar; MPs Hassan Mwanyoha and Zulekha Hassan when the drama started.
The middle aged man joined them in the dance but later using his stick, bounced on Raila beating him twice and turned to Governor Salim Mvurya who was also beaten twice.
Both Raila and Mvurya's aides were not close when the incident took place with the man initially being stopped by a county publicity officer Omar Mwagao who wrestled him.
Kinango AP commander Peter Musyoka said they could not arrest and lock the man because he was out of his mind.
“We cannot arrest a mad person because we know him very well,” he said.
It was later announced that the man was apparently unhappy that his wife was dancing together with the politicians, thus his actions.
During the rally, the CORD leader took issue with those calling him to be accountable for KES 15 billion said to have gone missing during the Grand Coalition government saying he is more than ready.
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He said that he is ready to appear before the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee and respond to any questions of accountability over the loss of the said cash.
“ I want several people to accompany me while appearing because I want the truth to be known to Kenyans, among them the former president Mwai Kibaki.
Among those Raila want also to appear before the parliamentary accounts committee are former high ranking officials; Njeru Githae, Mutua Kilaka, Njuguna Ndung’u and Francis Kimemia.
Raila also wants Francis Muthaura, Mutea Iringo, Mathew Iteere, David Kimaiyo, president Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto to do the same.
“I also want the Controller of audit Edward Auko, who discovered the loss of funds to appear and tell Kenyans how the money was ferried in lorries from the central bank,” he said.
He accused Jubilee leaders of continuing to misuse public funds by using them in the name of harambees to woo citizens.
“ Instead of harambee that money can be taken to counties to help citizens in development that why we are pushing for Okoa Kenya referendum,’ said Raila.
Raila wondered where the deputy president got money from because he is contributing more funds in harambees that what he earns in his monthly salary.
“ Kenyans must be told where such money comes from,” he noted.
He also accused the jubilee government of blaming governors of failure to be accountable and embezzling public funds without taking any action.
“ We have not seen any governor being taken to court. This people have no reason to accuse governors because of demanding more funds to counties,’ he added.
Governor Mvurya said increasing funds to the counties is very important for development.
“ We are not saying we want funds alone but also functions which we can better handle them"
, he said.
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