Raila Odinga has been thrown at the center of Alfred Mutua-William Ruto death threat issue after he agreed to be the key prosecution witness in the case where Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua has accused Deputy President William Ruto of threatening to kill him.
According to detectives probing the matter, Mutua consulted Raila to be his witness before he proceeded to Kilimani Police Station to record a statement.
Dr Mutua claimed that Deputy President William Ruto, Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen and Garissa Town MP Aden Duale on two different occasions threatened him with unspecified consequences because of his statements on integrity issues.
Mutua said he decided to go public because he felt the threats cannot be treated lightly for the sake of his personal security. “Should anything unusual happen to me or members of my family or my associates, the three should be held accountable,” said Mutua, after reporting the matter at Kilimani Police Station.
I also write to request beefing up of my personal security,” he said.In the first incident, Mutua claims he was threatened by Mr Duale and Mr Murkomen on November 25, 2019, at State House, where the Maendeleo Chap Chap party leader had gone to witness President Uhuru Kenyatta receive the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report.
He said while waiting for the function to start, he conversed with other leaders and politely greeted Duale, who was engaged in a conversation with Murkomen. Mutua then recounted the alleged conversation.
Mutua said he has been disturbed by these threats and believes that Ruto is capable of carrying out the threat to his life and general welfare.
“I called for a lifestyle audit and maybe it bothers them. I said the corrupt are not fit to be in office,” Mutua continued.But in a swift rejoinder, Murkomen dismissed Mutua’s claims. “Having failed spectacularly as a leader he turned himself into a Joseph Goebbels of his county government,” he said in a tweet.Duale has also accused the governor of seeking cheap publicity through unfounded claims: “Mutua is at it again seeking attention with the most fictitious allegations that can only fit in his failed Cobra Squad TV show. The truth is, attention seekers are looking for validation. You can’t use our names to increase your dwindling political shares in the village. We play a different league.”