Raila makes curious statement that his personnel is regularly harassed by police

There was a time when being an associate of Raila Odinga amounted to having a bull’s-eye on your back. They were regularly targeted and arrested. Most prominent is his former Chief of Staff who president Uhuru personally requested investigative agencies to open proceedings against in 2015. However, ever since the Handshake, this has ceased being the case. Nevertheless, the former Prime Minister made what sounded like a curious statement, leading some to conclude that perhaps his is just a tactic to preempt whatever DP Ruto might say, having recently complained of his allies being targeted. All this comes in the aftermath of the dramatic arrest and deportation of controversial businessman, Harun Aydin.

During an interview with Gukena Radio and other media houses that were interviewing him from his Karen home, former Prime Minister and Orange Democratic Movement party leader Raila Odinga shared that his personnel regularly find themselves being harassed by police.

He said this while speaking to the issue of violations that have been committed by the police in the recent past. While admitting that indeed police officers have frequently been engaging in unprofessional and even illegal conduct, he said that oftenly, some of his staff members come to work late, and the reason is always connected to police harassment.

”Sometimes I find that some of the people working for me haven’t arrived, and when I try to enquire, am told that their vehicle has been detained at a certain roadblock by the police, and are being coerced into parting with a small thing, or else they’ll be arrested”

He concluded by saying that the best way to solve all the institutional problems taking place within the police service is to carry out extensive and comprehensive reforms.

Mr Caroli Omondi’s name featured on the list of shame presented to Parliament by President Uhuru Kenyatta in March 2015.

Mr. Omondi previously served as Chief of Staff to the then Prime Minister, Raila Odinga.
It was alleged that he had fraudulently bought a parcel of land on Loita Street, Nairobi, from KCB at a cost of Sh260 million and was in the process of selling the same to another businessman for Sh650 million.

However, both EACC and DPP found the property in question was sold by KCB to Ms Peris Nasimiyu through a nominee company, Sirios Holding, following a consent ordered by a court on January 10, 2011.

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