Kibaki Bodyguards Expose PM at Public Function for hours
It saddens me that I must use this Madaraka Day holiday to take a break from ODM Embakasi campaigns to make a post regarding a threat on the life of Raila Odinga.
Yesterday’s events at Nyayo Stadium brought back memories from a long a time ago. Those of us in their 20s and early 30s (like Vikii and others) are encouraged to read on and build their knowledge……
On October 16 1981 Egyptian President – Anwar Sadat was assassinated by his own soldiers during the annual 6th October victory parade in Cairo. Sadat was supposedly protected by four layers of security and the army parade was supposed to be guaranteed of safety due to ammunition-seizure rules and pre-parade inspections. You can watch the terrible events that were captured LIVE as they happened nearly 27 years ago on YouTube here.
Fast forward to June 1st 2008, and serious concerns are now being raised following the widely reported clash between ‘government’ bodyguards of Prime Minister Raila Odinga and those of President Mwai Kibaki at Nyayo Stadium yesterday.
The scary incident occurred at the Madaraka day celebrations in Nairobi where there was a frightening lapse in security touching on the personal safety of Kenya’s Prime Minister Raila Odinga – the man majority of Kenyans believe was elected as president and who most of the international community perceive to be Kenya’s defacto political leader.
It is an open secret that current fraudulent Kenyan administration has a pathetic record of protecting its own citizens and foreign tourists in this country. Yesterday’s incident should make us all concerned that the same (armed) people charged with safeguarding someone as prominent as Raila Odinga or President Kibaki can clash openly and in full glare of media. This can only make me imagine that there are two or more official (and unofficial) commanders controlling these guards.
It is obvious something is not quite right in Kenya’s security apparatus. (This weekend, armed Somali militia attacked and freed three foreigners from a border town police post in NEP). Of more concern however, is that Raila Odinga was left exposed for more than three hours as his body guards sat in the public stands hundreds of metres away from their boss at Nyayo Stadium because someone issued orders that Raila goes into Nyayo Stadium accompanied by only one aide.
Raila is a shrewd political operative who has escaped numerous assassination attempts including one a few years ago when several rounds were fired on his car from an AK47 assault rifle. Raila was not in the car at that time but the public learnt for the first time that his personal cars are armoured. Indeed, last year ODM-K Presidential Candidate and current Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka revealed that there were plans to assassinate himself or Raila Odinga and then place the blame on one of them. As a private citizen and before accepting a coalition government that spared this country agony, Raila was a man who was known to have an elaborate security network which traveled ahead of him in all public functions including rallies, weddings and funerals.
I am hoping that today’s emergency meeting at Vigilance House (Kenya Police Headquarters) will come up with convincing explanations and enact corrective measures before a preventable and unforgivable tragedy occurs as a consequence of official negligence and party politics.
Picture this: In the US, since sometime early last year, the United States Democratic Party presidential candidate Barack Obama security now rivals that of President Bush, with a dozen Secret Service agents wearing dark suits and earpieces leading bomb-sniffing dogs through event venues, sweeping all equipment brought by journalists and flanking the candidate as he plunges into crowds of supporters. This is a man who is NOT even president yet!
We shall get there, but at what cost?
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