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Raila 'disturbed' by politicization of Mpeketoni attacks

18 June 2014, 18:40

Nairobi - CORD leader Raila Odinga says the coalition played no role in the massacres at Mpeketoni after government claims that the attacks were politically motivated raised fears of ethnic violence.

Odinga, who condemned the attacks in which over 60 people died, told reporters that his CORD party "states categorically that violence is not a means of achieving legitimate political aims."

Despite an immediate claim of responsibility for the carnage from the Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab, President Uhuru Kenyatta instead blamed "local political networks" along with an "opportunist network of other criminal gangs".

The charges have been greeted by scepticism and confusion -- but are also seen as raising the spectre of fresh ethnic violence inside Kenya.

Although Kenyatta mentioned no names, reports said it was clear the president was accusing Odinga, a former prime minister and his main political Kenyatta's main rival.

Odinga called the statement "unfortunate and unjustified".

Earlier this month Odinga, who lost out in the 2007 elections and again in 2013 to Kenyatta, vowed mass protests against the government, adding Wednesday that the "programme of rallies will continue."

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