Governor SIMBA ARATI‘s life is in danger – ODM says and questions CS KITHURE KINDIKI’s silence

 Friday, January 12, 2024 - The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party has today issued a statement condemning last week’s incident in Kisii, where a rally organised by Governor Simba Arati was disrupted by goons allied to National Assembly Chief Whip Silvanus Osoro.

During the violent altercation, police tear-gassed the crowd and shot four people who are believed to be Arati’s loyal supporters.

In a statement issued by ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna, ODM demanded that the Inspector General of Police Japhet Koome immediately transfer the Kisii Police County Commander Charles Kases and other top security officers in the county.

“Action be taken against the officers identified in the attack. They should be interdicted as they await their date with Justice. At the very minimum Osoro should be asked to record a statement if he is too powerful to be arrested,” demanded the ODM Secretary General.

Sifuna wants the Independent Police Oversight Authority to immediately commence investigations into the abuse of police power in Kisii County.

“All these must happen within the next 14 days, failing which the Party will pursue other avenues to ensure law and order in Kisii. 

"In the meantime, we wish to state that should any harm come to the party’s national chairperson due to any subsequent attack against him, the persons named here including Osoro, Kases, and the IG of Police will be held personally responsible,” warned Sifuna.

Sifuna added, “Following the public outrage over the incident and fearing a backlash, it is now understood that the police in Kisii are now planning a diversionary raid on the Governor’s residence in the guise of searching for firearms.”


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