Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.

 

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."

For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page!

- AFP

NEXT ON NEWS24 KENYAX

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Babake Manuel
Nyandarua County Chief collapses ...

A provincial administrator on Friday evening collapsed and died at a popular bar in Nyahururu town, Laikipia County. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
ODM MP accuses Jubilee of lying t...

An ODM MP has accused sections of Jubilee Coalition membership of lying that he has quit the opposition. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
No regrets quitting CORD, MP says

I have no regrets quitting CORD, an MP has said. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
New party will collapse, Jubilee ...

The new Jubilee Party will collapse unless President Uhuru Kenyatta ensures free and fair nomination, an MP has said. Read more...

Submitted by
kel wesh
Kihika supporter faces assault ch...

Nakuru county assembly speaker Susan Kihika supporter will face the arm of the law for assaulting a Nakuru based blogger for leaving aspiring senator WhatsApp group.  Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Raila lacking in vision, ODM MP s...

Raila Odinga is lacking in vision to make Kenya better, an ODM MP says. Read more...