Raila now wants police and Kivuitu team prosecuted
Published on June 3, 2008, 12:00 am
By Maseme Machuka And Brian Adero
Prime Minister Raila Odinga now wants ECK and police punished over post-election violence.
Speaking at a campaign rally for Embakasi ODM candidate, Ms Esther Passaris, Raila said ECK chairman, Mr Samuel Kivuitu, and his team should be put behind bars for plunging the country in chaos.
“You know what happened last year. You voted and Kivuitu did his own things.
“The police were brought in to kill youths who were demonstrating against a stolen election. They should be arrested and prosecuted for their actions, which plunged Kenya into anarchy,” he said.
Leading five Cabinet ministers, two Assistant ministers and two MPs, Raila said police officers who killed youths in Kisumu, Eldoret, Kericho and Naivasha should be prosecuted.
“We saw the police killing people and thought it wise talk. We agreed to share the antelope that we had hunted and killed. Si munajua hata mkia ni nyama? (Don’t you know a tail is meat too?),” he said.
The PM said the youths had a constitutional right to contest a stolen vote.
“Let the policemen who killed youths be arrested and prosecuted. Mortuaries in Kisumu, Nairobi, Eldoret and Nakuru were full of those shot during the riots,” he added.
He said policemen prosecuting post-election violence cases had “blood filled hands”.
He urged the police to stop prosecution of cases, saying the Justice Waki Commission was the only one entitled to investigate and recommend those to be forgiven and prosecuted.
“If police want to imprison the youth, what role will the Waki Commission play?” asked Raila.
The Prime Minister said the country was in a reconciliation period. He asked wananchi to shun tribalism and forge ahead as brothers and sisters.
Cabinet ministers, Mr Mohammed Ibrahim Elmi, Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o, Mrs Charity Ngilu, Mr Fred Gumo and Mr William ole Ntimama attended the rally.
Others were Assistant ministers, Mrs Elizabeth Ongoro, and Prof Ayiecho Olweny, and nominated MPs, Ms Sofia Abdi and Ms Rachael Shebesh.
Ngilu said ODM was the party that would bring change.
Raila asked Kenyans to shun leaders regrouping to constitute tribal outfits instead of consolidating the national fabric.
“Some are busy reviving Gema when we are talking coalition and reconciliation. That’s not the way to go,” he said.
The team said it would camp in the constituency until ODM wins the seat left vacant following the killing of Mugabe Were. They observed a moment of silence in honour of Were.