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Raila’s Spokesman Dennis Onyango freed bodyguard still in custody


NAIROBI, Kenya, July 20 – Azimio leader Raila Odinga’s Spokesman Dennis Onyango has been released a day after he was taken from his house on Mbagathi Way by people his family said were police officers.

Onyango was arrested on Wednesday after tweeting that the protests called by Odinga had succeeded even before they could start, citing the government order on schools closure.

Details that have emerged however reveal that Odinga’s chief bodyguard Maurice Ogeta is yet to be released.

“Ogeta has not been released, they have also picked up my personal bodyguard. Dennis Onyango has been released,” said National Assembly Minority Leader Opiyo Wandayi.

According to Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Communications Director Philip Etale, Ogeta was abducted while driving to work on Wednesday.

“His wherebouts remain unknown,” Etale tweeted, saying he was taken by police officers believed to be from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).

The Opposition Coalition has condemned the arrest of nine leaders over the civil disobedience protests saying it amounts to violation of freedoms and human rights.

“Since our colleagues who were arrested are being held beyond the limit provided for in the constitution. Now we consider their continued incarceration as detention without trial and Kenyans and the international community must now take note,” said Wandayi.

Alego Usonga MP Samuel Atandi stated that security agencies have been acting desperately by arresting leaders without preferring charges against them days after their arrest.

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“If the police have no reason to arrest anybody,I think they should just keep off.We are not going to stop and they should know leaders are not going to fear because they arrested a few people here and there,”said Atandi.

More than 300 people were arrested Wednesday as Kenyans took to the streets to protest the high cost of living.

The protests were called by Azimio leader Raila Odinga who has vowed to mobilise more protests Thursday.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki said they were arrested in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Nakuru and other towns where police clashed with protesters.

“More than 300 people have been arrested across the country and will be charged with various crimes, including looting, malicious damage of property, arson, robbery with violence, assaulting law enforcers among other crimes,” he said in a statement.

There were also reports of two people shot dead in Kisumu but the CS and police did not immediately confirm.

Odinga has vowed protests will continue Thursday, declaring “Kenyans should not give up.”

“We will continue with our peaceful demonstrations as planned. But we will stop at 5pm today and resume tomorrow (Thursday) morning,” he told the Daily Nation in a phone interview.

Earlier today, the Opposition coalition filed a petition with the high court seeking for the release of their nine leaders following their unconstitutional kidnapping and detention by police at an undisclosed location.

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In the application filed on Wednesday under a certificate of urgency, Lawyer Danstan Omari, stated that all nine missing people were last seen with police officers, some of whom were not only dressed in their official clothes but also drove GK cars.

He continued by saying that the applicants had been mishandled and taken to unidentified or secret locations.

“Unless this honorable court certifies this matter as urgent and orders the production of the Applicants before this court, the rights of the Applicants which include the right to peacefully demonstrate, to freedom of movement and to associate freely with others to exercise their political rights will continue to be violated,” read the court file.





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