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Why EACC failed to arrest Raila

14 December 2015, 13:23 William Korir

Nairobi - The Ethics and Anti Corruption Commision EACC went back on a promise to arrest CORD leader Raila Odinga for refusing to attend a summon. Why?

The EACC had bullishly insisted that it would arrest the CORD leader last week and urged him to show up at the EACC's Integrity House offices Monday at 10 AM but they stopped in their tracks and instead stated that they would first consider evidence forwarded by the CORD leader's lawyers.

According to sources though, the issue was bigger than that.

The EACC was keen to push Raila to the end of the rail, News24 has been told but that the CORD leader's popularity ensured that it did not happen.

Seeing that the CORD leader has a huge fan-base in the country, the EACC was advised that any attempted arrest could cause tension and a flare-up in violence.

Read alsoEACC drops arrest threat against bullish Raila

" The issue was that the EACC was not scared of any type of backlash but the government feared something could happen that could destabilize the country," a security analysis officer attached to the EACC told News24.

" Raila is very popular and some of his supporters are ready to die for him, so it was seen as an opportunity where there could be a reprisal of sorts," the officer added.

He also noted that this were there is a key international trade conference in Nairobi that could have received bad press if there was any sort of protests or violence in the city or country.

Added to the fact that the CORD leader has not handled the Eurobond monies whilst some who have and are under investigation have yet to be arrested.

" The EACC was living on the edge on this one. It was best to call it off."

For now, Raila will declare a first round win over EACC in a battle that is surely set to continue past this juncture.

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