‘My Own Car Was Stoned!’ Uasin Gishu Governor Mandago Distances Himself From Attack On Raila

April 2, 2022
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‘My Own Car Was Stoned!’ Uasin Gishu Governor Mandago Distances Himself From Attack On Raila
Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago addresses the press on April 2, 2022.
‘My Own Car Was Stoned!’ Uasin Gishu Governor Mandago Distances Himself From Attack On Raila
Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago addresses the press on April 2, 2022.

Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago has distanced himself from claims made by a section of political leaders allied to Raila Odinga that he allegedly orchestrated the Friday attack on the ODM party boss.

The former premier and his allies had just attended the burial of the late ‘Men’s Conference chairman’ Mzee Jackson Kibor in Soy, when rowdy youth started pelting his chopper with stones.

Governor Mandago, while addressing the press on Saturday, condemned the incident, further calling on the police to ensure the culprits are brought to book.

He specifically singled out Suna East Member of Parliament Junet Mohamed and his Embakasi East counterpart Babu Owino for making the said claims against him.“I want to address one Junet Mohamed and Babu Owino that probably because they have been in a league of politics of violence, they think that every politician in this country subscribes to that kind of nonsense,” he said.

“If I was a politician who was just saying things about political divides and politics of hatred, I would not have given them my car. I don’t know how Junet forgets that fast.”

He added: “My own car was stoned so how can I organize violence against my own security?  We can differ in political ideologies but that does not make us enemies.”

Police have since announced that 14 people were arrested in connection to the attack that targeted Odinga’s helicopter and vehicles in his convoy in the county.

Uasin Gishu County Commissioner Stephen Kihara said the suspects are currently helping police with investigations.

“We have moved around through the night and we were able to arrest 14 youth who participated in throwing stones yesterday,” he said.

 “We’re conducting subsequent investigations and we will nab the person who likely organized the incident. Regardless of who was involved, he or she will face the law and this will be a lesson for persons preaching politically instigated violence.”

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