The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: East African Presidents Plot to Kill Raila - Oburu

NOMINATED MP Oburu Oginga yesterday sensationally claimed that there was a plot to assassinate former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

The allegations were swiftly dismissed by State House as "nonsense".

Speaking in Kisumu, Oburu, the elder brother to the ODM party leader, said the East Africa Community leadership is behind the plot to eliminate Raila.

"We managed to get the information from a reliable source who also happened to have attended the meeting to plan the assassination," Oburu said.

Oburu claimed that the top leadership from East Africa recently met in Nairobi to secretly plan the assassination of Raila when he returns to Kenya from his US trip.

Raila has been at the African Presidential Centre at the Boston University for the last two months as part of an academic programme that hosts former top leaders from Africa.

President Uhuru Kenyatta's spokesman dismissed the allegations as "nonsense" and "cheap talk".

"It is total nonsense. There is no reason that anyone would want to assassinate Hon. Raila Odinga. That cheap talk has to come to an end," Manoah told the Star on the telephone.

Uhuru is the current chairman of the East African Community. Last week he hosted Rwanda President Paul Kagame, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and South Sudan President Salva Kiir in Nairobi.

The four leaders discussed the Northern Corridor Integration Projects that will link Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan.

Oburu was speaking on the sidelines of the inaugural graduation ceremony of Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology. He also he urged the CORD leadership to come out strongly and defend democracy.

Oburu said government needed to quickly intervene to ensure Raila's safety and avert possible public unrest.

Oburu claimed that the EAC leadership blamed Raila for the present social economic challenges facing Kenya and threatening its future development.

He added that the allegations were not intended to seek political mileage.

Oburu said that at the Bomas constitutional meeting he disclosed similar attempts to eliminate his brother.

The nominated MP demanded for urgent investigations and said that he was willing to record a statement with the police.

He claimed that the security apparatus in Kenya was involved in the formation and execution of the assassination plot.

Oburu warned that President Uhuru Kenyatta and his leadership should take full responsibility if anything happened to his brother.

"It is the inalienable right of every citizen of this country including Raila to be protected by the security apparatus," declared Oburu.

"We have realized that the government wants to benefit from mega corruption scandals, hence their intention to gag the progressive forces from the opposition," Oburu said.

Oburu lamented that the champions of the struggle for democracy are being targeted for elimination.

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