Neither ODM nor the party leader have anything to do with lawyer Silas Jakakimba’s travel to Zimbabwe in solidarity with the country’s opposition MDC during lat week’s election.
This was reiterated in a terse statement by ODM executive director Oduor Ong’wen who said the orange party did not send anybody or any representatives to Harare.
“Jakakimba traveled to Harare on his own volition and was neither representing the party nor the party leader. Although he is known to Raila, he is neither an employee of ODM nor of the Raila Odinga Secretariat,” Ong’wen said this Tuesday afternoon.
Supporters of the defeated Movement for Democratic Change Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa took to the streets in chaos that left at least six dead.
Zimbabwe police chief spokesperson, senior assistant commissioner Charity Charamba, was quoted by the Daily Mail saying: “The Zimbabwe Republic Police is keen to interview Silas Jakakimba, a Kenyan national, in connection with the disturbances which occurred in Harare on August 1.”
He asked citizens to inform police of Jakakimba’s whereabouts.
Jakakimba dismissed the claims saying his involvement “is not even remotely possible”.
He added that it was Raila who asked him to convey his goodwill message to MDC alliance in its last public rally days to the July 30 election.
Jakakimba said he was received at the airport by Tsvangirai’s wife and his former PA, Joseph Mungwari, information he says can be verified by the country’s immigration officers.
He said he was in Harare for three days and left on Tuesday afternoon for Nairobi before violence rocked Harare.
“When I left, Harare was normal, folks warm and welcoming, streets busy and skies clear-blue,” said Mr Jakakimba.
According to Mr Jakakimba, he has neither been a strategist for the MDC Alliance nor its presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa.
He further claimed that it was Raila who had asked him to visit the south African nation to specifically convey his goodwill message to the MDC Alliance at its public rally at the Freedom Square in Harare.
“If you check YouTube footage of the last Harare MDC rally, you will notice Nelson Chamisa informing the mammoth crowd that the alliance is pleased to welcome goodwill message from Hon. Raila Odinga of Kenya, ably represented here by my friend and brother Silas Jakakimba,” he added.
ODM has enjoyed cordial relationship with MDC, Zimbabwe biggest opposition party.
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