Ahead of Tuesday’s inauguration event, crackdown on opposition supporters continues
By Nsikan Ikpe
With the parliament in Kenya clearly unable to function in the main on account of an opposition boycott, and on the eve of his planned inauguration, which the opposition is also countering with its own ‘national mourning’ event, embattled second term president, Uhuru Kenyatta is pleading with his main political foe, Raila Odinga that they should both come together and resolve their differences in the interest of the country.
Kenyatta made the plea during a church service in Nairobi on Sunday.
In a related development however, the Kenya police is yet to ease on its crack-down on opposition party elements, one of the main points of disharmony in the country presently.
At the weekend, they arrested an Orange Democratic Movement politician, Nicholas Mrima Wanyepe, who had contested the party’s primaries early this year but was defeated by current Kilifi South MP Ken Chonga.
Wanyepe was arrested on Saturday in Mtwapa and transferred to Kilifi Police Station on a charge of being in possession of materials that may incite the public against the Government.
Rebutting this claim, the opposition says Wanyepe was detained for handing out NASA’s branded National Resistance Movement NRM T-shirts.
Wanyepe is due to be arraigned in court today.
Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta