Jubilee had planned to embarrass Raila at Afraha
02 June 2016, 08:05
Nakuru - The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) now claims that Jubilee had hatched a plot to embarrass CORD leaders if they attended the Madaraka Day celebrations at Afraha stadium on Wednesday.
An ODM party official who requested anonymity said that three Jubilee members from Nakuru County had hired and paid youths to heckle and boo CORD leader Raila Odinga at the stadium.
The official alleged that there was a plan to allow Raila to address the gathering before deputy President William Ruto so that the youths could heckle him.
He added that Raila had purposes to fly to Nakuru to attend the celebrations but changed his plans after his intelligence team tipped him of the plan to embarrass him.
"Raila had planned to be here with the President but he had to cancel the plan after we learned that some goons had been hired to heckle and jeer him when entering the stadium and when addressing the crowd," said the official.
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"Three MPs had hired the youths and paid them to do that job but our team on the ground was alert and informed Raila of the plot and that is what is necessitated his no-show at Afraha," he added.
"Nakuru is a Jubilee stronghold and we knew they wanted to use that advantage to embarrass Raila but the plan failed miserably."
President Uhuru Kenyatta had invited Raila and Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang'ula to attend the Madaraka Day celebrations at Afraha stadium but the two chose to stay away.
Addressing his supporters at Uhuru Park, Raila said that the President's invite came in late as they had their own plans which were so advanced that they could not cancel, and that he sent his apologies to the President.
But while addressing the nation at Afraha, Uhuru said that he didn't know why Raila and Wetang'ula failed to show up.
"Yesterday you saw I invited our friends to come and celebrate with us but I don't know why they are not here. Maybe they chose to go and hold their celebrations elsewhere," said the President.
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