Following the firearms controversies and reduction in security officers attached to politicians, Cord leader Raila Odinga met with Hassan Joho and other leaders in the coast where he urged them to stay dedicated to the party and focus on defending the right of the people.
Pledging his unfaltering and firm support to the coalition, Raila asked the Mombasa Governor and other leaders present to remain calm and fearless, promising not to sideline himself or abandon them even with the growing intimidation by the ruling party.
He made this statement during a meeting at his Capitol Hill office in Nairobi on Monday. The national government ordered the withdrawal of the security team assigned to the Mombasa Governor on Thursday morning, demanding their immediate turn out in their various stations.
The governor saw it as a direct political aim at him and accused the government of taking back its security from him because he is a committed member of opposition coalition as well as a vigorous leader.
He stated defiantly that there has been a government before this time and also there would continue to be a sitting government after the current one and as such, he will not succumb or fail due to the intimidating tactics the serving government has resorted to, all in a bid to get him to bow for it.
He warned the government to stop these threats, questioning the police boss to draw up comprehensive explanations for the sudden withdrawal without prior official information in writing concerning the withdrawal.
Though, the police boss Wanjohi didn’t respond, Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery had called on Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet to make sure that all three firearms assigned to the governor are returned by Monday.
Raila also expressed his appreciation to the Malindi voters for voting ODM while he was away in Israel. He also thanked them for backing his coalition in the region even though they were visibly bullied by the government and significant bribery in the polls as stated by Dennis Onyango.
In the long meeting held at Raila’s office at Capitol Hill Square building, Joho hinted to Raila, who had just returned from Israel, about how the by-election went down while he was abroad and the way forward.
He also briefed the CORD leader about the subsequent effect of the issues he had with other leaders, and the Jubilee government.
The party candidate Willy Mtengo came out victorious in the Malindi MP election, after he amassed 15,582 votes defeating Jubilee Alliance Party’s Philip Charo, who got 9,243.