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Raila wingers accuse Kalonzo of staging house arrest as doubt mounts » Capital News


NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 21 — Chaos have rocked the opposition Azimio alliance amid mounting doubt over Kalonzo Musyoka’s “house arrest” as key allies of Raila Odinga dismissed the assertions by the Wiper leader’s handlers.

Reports of Musyoka’s alleged house filtered through on Friday as the opposition readied to stage what was expected to be the third day of anti-government protests as key leaders remained conspicuously absent.

Paloma Gatabaki, Spokesperson to the former Vice President, had claimed that he was under house arrest since Tuesday evening.

“Yes, it is true that H.E. Kalonzo Musyoka has been under house arrest since Tuesday evening. The Subarus and land rovers have been stationed outside his Karen residence preventing him from leaving,” Gatabaki tweeted.

Odinga later supported the claims saying House Minority Leader Opiyo Wandayi and Jubilee Party Secretary General Jeremiah Kioni had verified Musyoka’s detention.

“Representatives of our coalition Hon Opiyo Wandayi and Hon Jeremiah Kioni have today visited Hon Kalonzo Musyoka following his ongoing house arrest and detention,” Odinga, who has also kept off protests over a flue, stated.

Key lieutenants of Odinga however dismissed the alleged house arrest as an elaborate hoax.

Saboti MP Caleb Amisi accused Musyoka of hoodwinking Odinga for political expediency.

Political manipulation

“Some key Azimio luminaries are lying to Raila to be arrested so that they take over the spoils of war not knowing Baba went to school of political manipulation, and you can’t trick him,” Amisi said.

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“If anyone wants to take over from Baba, get imprisoned for 8 years fighting for kenyans.”

Amisi accused Musyoka of seeking to launch his presidential ambition on the toil of other leaders.

“Uhuru (President Kenyatta) came from [the International Criminal Court] to State House. Ruto (President) came from [Fatou] Bensouda’s yoke of crime against humanity to presidency. And you want to come from Kasarani declaration to presidency? Mtangoja sana (That won’t happen)!”

Kileleshwa MCA Robert Alai joined the fray asking Musyoka to support his assertions with evidence.

“I don’t believe that Kalonzo is under any house arrest. Journalists and politicians who visited him didn’t see any restrictions,” he charged.

“Can we be truthful if we are to hold this [Kenya Kwanza] regime accountable? Tuseme tu ukweli (Let’s be truthful)!” Alai exclaimed.

The Wiper Leader was last seen in public on July 18 during a press briefing on the eve of planned three-day protests that have largely been subdued.

He joined other opposition leaders in declaring a three-day protest beginning Wednesday after a chaotic showdown in Mlolongo on the outskirts of Nairobi during an inaugural protest on July 12.

Mlolongo area, just six miles from Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, grabbed national headlines on July 12 after a chaotic showdown that saw protesters on the Nairobi Expressway vandalized.

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The commotion spilled over to the neighboring Syokimau suburb before a specialized police unit arrived to quell the riot.





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