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Raila tried to save Lang'at from beating

31 October 2014, 08:04 William Korir

Nairobi - ODM leader Raila Odinga tried to save Executive Director Magerer Lang'at from the beating he received but to no avail.

Lang'at was beaten up and kicked out of an ODM parliamentary group meeting Thursday for alleged comments made against the party leadership.

He is said to have remarked that ODM needs new leadership, stating that it was time for Raila to retire and save the party from extinction.

Those remarks, made in Nakuru Tuesday, were met with derision Thursday as he was roughed up by a group of MCA's and youths from Nairobi County and thrown out of the meeting, in the full view of Raila and other senior party leaders.

And in the midst of the melee, Raila tried severally to ensure Lang'at was not harmed.

" Save him, save him, they will kill him, he shouted from his seat at ODM's Orange House headquarters in Kilimani Nairobi.

He even went on to ask his bodyguard to intervene but that too was met with a cold shoulder.

Langat was saved by a police car on patrol after youths allied to the MCA's deflated his car tyres, rendering him immobile.

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The incident will doubtless cause concern for the Orange party, considering the number of internal wrangles the party has seen in the past one year.

It will also bring into focus the leadership ability of the ODM leader Raila, who has increasingly failed to ensure such things do not happen, and especially in his full view.

" This presents a unique problem for Raila because it has been happening more and more often, which is surely a worry for him and ODM sympathisers," Political analyst Michael Njenga says.

The clamour has already started for Raila to to cede ground and allow someone else to take the CORD ticket in the 2017 election. It remains to be seen whether he will agree to it. Njenga feels not.

" I think he will have one more go at the presidency in 2017 and if not succesful will seriously consider retirement".

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