Kenya – Odinga dares government to arrest him over its allegations of hate speech

Star (Kenya)

Jun. 20, 2017, 6:00 pm

Opposition leaders during NASA's tour of Kajiado county on June 20, 2017. /KURGAT MARINDANY
Opposition leaders during NASA’s tour of Kajiado county on June 20, 2017. /KURGAT MARINDANY

Opposition leader Raila Odinga has dared the government to arrest him on allegations of hate speech.

Raila reiterated he did not regret his remarks in Kajiado, regarding land belonging to the Maasai communty.

On Monday, the NASA flag bearer dismissed as “absolute nonsense” calls that he be probed for allegedly issuing hate remarks in the county.

He was quoted telling the Maasai community not to sell their ancestral territory to “outsiders”. He later denied claims by Jubilee Party that he asked communities to return to their ancestral lands.

NASA supporters during the Opposition coalition’s tour of Kajiado county on June 20, 2017. KURGAT MARINDANY

During another tour of the county on Tuesday, he noted the appeal is genuine and that pastoralist communities should not sell their heritage in total disregard of their children.

“I am not scared by them and if they want to arrest me, I am all over here [sic]. Such remarks by [Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery and others], who seem to care about the plight of the Maasai community do not move me an inch,” the Opposition chief declared in Kitengela.

He spoke in Kitengela late in the evening after arriving from Kimana and Emali where he addressed thousands of NASA supporters in political rallies.

Raila said wherever he goes, he will advise pastoralists not to sell their land because he is free to comment on anything, especially matters affecting Kenya.

Raila claimed Jubilee leaders are part of the problems touching on land and will never provide any solution.

“How can they be part of the solution yet they buried the Kriegler commission report and the one by the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission that revealed the land mess in the country?”

He was with his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula (Ford Kenya), Machakos politician Wavinya Ndeti and governors David Nkedianye (Kajiado) and Kivutha Kibwana (Makueni).

A section of ODM legislators have also dared the government to arrest Raila.

They are Senators James Orengo (Siaya), Moses Kajwang’ (Homa Bay) and MPs Gladys Wanga (Homa Bay County) and Peter Kaluma (Homa Bay Town).

Orengo told the government to go ahead and “test the anger Kenyans have on Jubilee leadership” by arresting Raila.

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