Since Opposition Leader and Azimio supremo Raila Odinga made good his threats to stage anti-government protests on March 20, there has been a raging debate on how the police have handled the protesters.
Azimio has accused the police of establishing a special squad of rogue police officers to unleash terror on its supporters during the demos and sensationally claimed that there were deliberate attempts by the officers to assassinate its leader Raila on April 3.
The opposition has now petitioned the International Criminal Court to investigate the widespread or systematic attack directed at members of Azimio by the police and that the focus should be directed towards Inspector General Japhet Koome.
In a rejoinder, IG Koome dismissed the letter as just mere “propaganda” and indicated that no one would intimidate him in carrying out his mandate.
A tough-talking Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua also put his weight behind the IG alleging that the letter is part of a scheme to intimidate him as he appealed to him to exercise his duties without fear or favour during protests.
Do you think these ICC threats are serious or just a mere smear campaign against security officials?
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Former CS, Makau and Junet Blamed for Raila’s Loss
Azimio La Umoja One Kenya coalition leader Raila Odinga’s chief agent in the 2022 General Election, Saitabao Ole Kanchory insists that some few individuals close to the former prime minister cost his victory.
Speaking to NTV Kenya on the evening of Monday, April 17, Kanchory singled out former ICT Cabinet secretary Joe Mucheru, spokesperson of the Raila Odinga Campaign Secretariat, Makau Mutua and Suna East MP Junet Mohamed as the people to blame for Raila’s loss.
Price of Unga Yet to Drop Despite Govt Claims
On April 17, 2023, State House Spokesperson Hussein Mohamed announced that the price of unga (flour) in Kenya had started going down, just as President William Ruto had assured Kenyans over the weekend.
With the arrival of 48,000 tonnes of imported maize arriving at the Port of Mombasa, President Ruto told Kenyans while on a Narok County official visit that this will come as a relief to Kenyans as the price of flour will come down to Sh 150 from its current retail average price of Sh 230.
Love in Parliament: Two MPs to Tie the Knot
For the first time, love is in the air in Kenya’s Parliament, where two elected MPs are spouses. Mathira MP Eric wa Mumbi is set to tie the knot with Murang’a Woman Representative Betty Maina.
The two are currently living together informally, but Cupid’s arrow struck some time back.