Those Behind Raila Odinga’s Chopper Incident Wanted Him Dead-Fred Gumo

Mr Raila Odinga soon after inspecting his damaged helicopter

“The attack on the plane and destruction of the air shield with stones were aimed at the former prime minister, it was not by coincident, it was meant to have it crash with all occupants aboard’’-Gumo

By David Musundi

Former Cabinet Minister Fred Gumo has said those who stoned former Premier Raila Odinga’s chopper wanted to kill him. ‘’The right honourable Raila Odinga is not just anything that someone can treat like that, remember this is a former Prime Minister of Kenya and the African Union’s Special Envoy for Infrastructure in the whole African continent’’, he said.

He condemned the incident, saying all those responsible should be made to face the full force of law no matter their positions in the public arena. Mr Gumo was speaking to The Weekly Vision in Kitale on Saturday, he asked Inspector General Hilary Mutyambai to widen the net in the investigations to unravel the real motive of the attack on the chopper carrying Azimio la Umoja’s Presidential candidate.

Fred Gumo

“The attack on the plane and destruction of the air shield with stones were aimed at the former prime minister, it was not by coincident, it was meant to have it crash with all occupants aboard’’, he said. The former minister added: “I call upon the political class to stop misusing the youths of this country to cause mayhem. The masterminds of the ugly incident should be treated as criminals. He blamed Odinga’s rivals for instigating the attack.

‘’Everyone has a constitutional right to campaign anywhere, anytime in the republic of Kenya and anybody thinking he is more Kenyan than others has a hidden agenda, he told members of Azimio la Umoja to remain calm despite many provocations, saying peace was a prerequisite to peaceful elections.

Mr Gumo cautioned leaders not to be reckless in their remarks which he said threatened to raise unnecessary tension among peace-loving Kenyans. Such remarks were made in 2007 raising tension which culminated in the chaos that witnessed hundreds dead and thousands displaced from their homes

 “You shouldn’t react to any senseless provocations by our competitors in the Kenya Kwanza Alliance which has adopted abusive characteristics’’, he said about ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi who he said was abusing ODM leader Raila Odinga every time he rose to speak.

He cautioned leaders not to be reckless in their remarks which he said threatened to raise unnecessary tension among peace-loving Kenyans. Such remarks were made in 2007 raising tension which culminated in the chaos that witnessed hundreds dead and thousands displaced from their homes.

He told the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) to work with the Directorate of Criminal Investigations DCI and the country’s electoral agency IEBC to have leaders engaging in hate-mongering and promotion of war-like activities barred from vying for political seats in the August elections. He told off the Kenya Kwanza coalition over its calls for a forensic audit of all public funds spent on the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) from its inception to the time the Supreme court made its ruling.

He hit out at Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetangula and his ANC counterpart Musalia Mudavadi whom he said were ‘’ turncoats who at one time cried foul for being left out of the BBI popularization exercise in Western Kenya’’. ‘’ Both Wetangula and Musalia should be the last persons to speak on the refunds, how much are they refunding from what they used in the BBI popularization in western? Did the court say money to be refunded? ‘’, he asked.

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