That an “ordinary” citizen in the person of Raila Odinga was able to break a military protocol and divert a whole president from boarding his jet whose engine was already running is something that has left many Kenyans tongue tied and continue to wonder what would have made this to happen.
On Saturday 19th January, Security and protocol officers were taken by surprise when President Uhuru changed his mind about boarding his jet at the Kisumu International Airport last minute after Raila Odinga pulled him aside and whispered something to him and everything changed. It is reported Uhuru picked one of his dark presidential cars and drove himself off with Raila Odinga and asked the security detail not to follow them.
Whatever Raila whispered to Uhuru that occasioned the shocking turn of events has remained mysterious and triggered a widening speculation on a foiled attempt on the president’s life.
The dignitaries that came to see off Uhuru and a host of security officers attached to the president who were at the airport were thrown into a spin and left bewildered as they watched Uhuru and Raila driving off in two prados to an undisclosed destination in Kisumu town.
The Saturday breach of protocol at Kisumu International Airport may have more than has been reported or that which meets the eye. Did Raila who is known for foreseeing and evading death traps laid by his enemies saved the life of President Kenyatta?
Our highly placed security source who requested anonymity said there could be a number of reasons that made this happen but the more grave one was a foiled assassination plot against the head of state after a tip off by Raila Odinga. The source claimed that there was a big possibility to harm the president while in Kisumu and blame it on the opposition leader Raila Odinga with an aim of breaking the unity pact between Uhuru and Raila that has been causing headache in quarters he didn’t mention.
The source added that they believed the president’s security detail was infiltrated with an would-be assassin, reason why the presidential jet was delayed at the airport for over four hours as the president waited for a new team from Nairobi. However, whether the president indeed later on boarded his plane or spent the night in Kisumu on that evening remains a top state secret.
It is due to the unfortunate happenings in Kisumu that made President Uhuru Kenyatta call for an urgent security meeting at State House, Mombasa to shake up officers charged with protecting him. President Kenyatta further issued an executive order where he radically reorganized his administration that saw powers and most government functions moved from of the office of the deputy president to the Ministry of Interiors and National Coordination under CS Fred Matiangi.
However, according to state house reports, the President called the meeting to issue various directives to regional and county security chiefs, that aim at up-scaling, promoting and enhancing the country’s national security.