Jaded Nairobi governor Mike Sonko has unlidded how the government was determined to assassinate Raila Odinga in 2017 following a heated contest he had had with Uhuru Kenyatta in the presidency.
Sonko on Sunday, November 8, revealed that the Interior PS Dr. Karanja Kibicho was under instructions to oversee Raila’s execution given the government had deemed him a threat after troubling the advent of Uhuru’s second term.
The plan, according to Sonko, was to be made good on November 28, 2017, the day President Kenyatta was being sworn in for his second term, the same day Raila was also to address his supporters in select Nairobi streets -days after his trip abroad.
The apex of the rallies by Raila and his team on November 28, 2017, was to be at Jacaranda grounds where there would be a meeting for a memorial service, that being parallel to Uhuru’s swearing which was underway at the Kasarani Stadium.
The rally at Jacaranda was aimed at the supporters remembering their fellows who were meted with police brutality during Raila’s return to the country from the US which was marred by chaos.
To counter the wave by Raila and his supporters, the government put its officers on alert ready to respond to a perceived potential melee that could be caused by the NASA supporters.
The move to trouble the NASA meeting got aid from governor Sonko who has admitted to having organized the filling of the venue with raw sewage, the order being from the ministry of interior, as revealed by the governor.
“Mavi ya Jacaranda was the order that came from above. Watu walitumwa na Kibicho kumwaga Jacaranda ndio the People’s President Raila Amolo Odinga asihutubie wananchi. Now the System wants to shift the blame to me,” Sonko revealed.
The governor added that some police officers were instructed to shoot the ODM leader but his lifeline happened to be the armored car in which he was being ridden.
“They tried to assassinate Raila when they instructed police officers to shoot him in his car at close range aiming his head at the junction of Ngong road and Uhuru Park. Luckily, the white Range Rover KBR 786S he was using on that material day was armored,” Sonko said.
The revelation happens at a time when Raila Odinga is on good terms with the state that once humiliated him, Sonko’s opposers dismissing the revelation as a scheme by the governor to console himself after the National Government took to run Nairobi County’s four key functions, depriving him (the governor) some of his powers.
Sonko has been crying foul, accusing the military takeover that has rendered him politically ineffectual given the transformation seen in the city thanks to the NMS under the stewardship of General Mohamed Abdalla Badi.